Bail & Release in Austin

Understanding Bail & Release with a Texas Lawyer

The individual calling from jail is scared, confused, embarrassed, worried, desperate, and alone. The person picking up the phone is incredibly worried, scared, and unsure where to turn to help their loved one in crisis. A criminal accusation is bad enough – especially when it is unjust – but the prospect of spending time in jail without a trial can make the situation even worse. Fortunately, Jason Trumpler and his associates are ready to help you by posting bail and arranging your release from an Austin area jail. We are available 24 hours a day to take your emergency calls and will begin working on your bond the moment you reach out to us. At the same time, we can offer legal advice and begin working on your defense immediately.

Bail is not designed as a punishment – after all, under the law, you are innocent until proven guilty. Rather, bail is an amount of money considered substantial enough to keep you from leaving town before your trial. After the trial is completed, the money will be returned to you, regardless of the verdict. Bail is typically set by a judge in proportion to the crime of which you were accused. In most places, if a suspect is arrested after business hours, he or she will have to wait until the next day to have bail set and to obtain release from jail.

Travis County is unique because it offers 24-hour magistration. Officials will answer the phones any hour of the day or night, making it much more likely that you will have your bail amount set and your jail release settled promptly.

On average, it takes four to six hours for the sheriff to release somebody from custody once the judge signs the bond and the lawyer turns the bond into central booking. This does not count the time for the client to be booked into jail by the police. This also does not count the time that it takes for the lawyer to interview the client, gather the background checks, fill out the bond paperwork, and meet with the judge. Please be aware that the person will likely be in custody for a minimum of 6 hours before he or she can be released.

Contact us any time – we are available by phone 24/7. Call (512) 359-3300 and click here to learn more regarding jail release.

Personal vs. Surety Bonds

Though bail is not intended to be a punishment, the fact is that bail amounts are often prohibitively high, which is why there are two primary bond payment options available to suspects under arrest: Personal bonds and surety bonds.

At The Law Offices of Jason Trumpler, we only provide attorney-assisted personal bonds for clients arrested in Travis County. If you obtain a personal bond, we will perform a background check and you will be released from jail within a few hours without any money changing hands. Instead, you must swear that you will return for your court date and follow any court requirements for your release. Within seven days, you must pay an administrative fee of $20 or 3% of the bond amount. This amount will be allocated to your legal fees.

Surety bonds are posted by a bondsman. If you obtain one of these bonds, you agree to pay 10-20% of the full bond amount to the agent in exchange for posting bail. You will also need to obtain a co-signer.

Why Choose a Lawyer over a Bail Bondsman? - The Advantages of Attorney-Assisted Bonds

While a bondsman can obtain a jail release, there are a number of advantages that make an attorney-assisted personal bond a better choice. Attorney-assisted personal bonds are cheaper and allow an Austin criminal defense attorney to get started on an effective defense strategy right away

On average, it takes four to six hours for the sheriff to release somebody from custody once the judge signs the bond and the lawyer turns the bond into central booking. This does not count the time for the client to be booked into jail by the police. This also does not count the time that it takes for the lawyer to interview the client, gather the background checks, fill out the bond paperwork, and meet with the judge. Please be aware that the person will likely be in custody for a minimum of 6 hours before he or she can be released.

You should choose an Austin criminal defense lawyer over a bail bondsman because:

  • You will pay less: When you hire a bail bondsman, you will pay 10%- 20% of the bond amount plus guaranteed security and collateral in the amount of double the bond.
  • It is a better investment: A bail bondsman makes 99% of their money from the first couple of hours of getting you out of jail. They're taking a financial risk based on whether or not their client will show up to court in the future. For example, if you spend $4,000 on a bail bondsman to get you out of jail, you are paying them $1,000- $2,000 an hour. The bondsman will hold the bond until the end of your case, but you will never get that money back, nor can it be applied to attorney's fees. This money can be better invested in hiring a good defense lawyer than in making a quick decision to use a bail bondsman to get someone out of jail.
  • A lawyer can start on your case at this very important time: Investigation begins the moment you've been arrested. Once somebody is out of jail, normally they tend to rest on their heels and wait as their court date draws near. This is a bad idea! If you are serious about contesting your case and keeping a conviction off of your record, you should have a lawyer on your case from the minute you step foot in jail.
  • It will save you time and stress: If you hire a lawyer for a jail release, there will be one less person you will have to tell the traumatic events of your arrest to. By having a lawyer involved at the outset, hiring an attorney will no longer be on your to-do list. We will be in a better position to advise you as to what to do when you are out of jail, especially in cases involving protective orders, pretrial release, personal bonds, or different conditions of those bonds. If we are able to get your case resolved pretrial or even pre-indictment, you will save money on attorney's fees.

Nobody plans to be arrested. Most of our clients have never had to make arrangements to get somebody out of jail. We acknowledge that it can be a sensitive and, at times, embarrassing situation. It is equally awkward for the person in jail. Given everything that has just happened, people who have just been arrested have a number of legal questions that a bail bondsman can't answer. We feel that meeting with a client in their greatest moment of crisis is of tremendous importance – even at 4:00 in the morning.

What to Do When You Call The Law Offices of Jason Trumpler

Notify us immediately that you need to get someone out of jail. This helps our office prioritize your call as an emergency and handle the case as quickly as possible. If you are calling after business hours, we will know you need to get someone out of jail.

Please have as much as the following information available as possible so we can be of better help to you during our telephone conversation:

  • Name and date of birth of the person arrested
  • When the person was arrested
  • Their employment or education history
  • Your relationship to the person in jail
  • Which jail they called you from
  • What they were arrested for (if you don't know, we can look it up)
  • Bond amount (if you don't have it, we can look it up)

After getting this information, we may need to make some follow-up phone calls to ascertain the bond amount and calculate the cost of doing the jail release. Once we can quote the fee for the release, we will either take payment by credit card over the phone or make other payment arrangements with you. A portion of the amount paid toward a jail release will be credited toward legal fees if we are later hired to handle the criminal case.

Our attorneys are extremely experienced and successful at getting clients released from jail in Texas. We are honest, reliable, and will do everything we can to ensure that your loved one will get out of jail as soon as possible. Jail releases can take time, but we will be there to deal with your friend or loved one immediately. When you call The Law Offices of Jason Trumpler, we will treat you like family. We will offer honest assessments and do everything we can to assist you because we intend to build clients for life

To learn more about the benefits of hiring an attorney to assist with your jail release, please call The Law Offices of Jason Trumpler at (512) 359-3300.

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