This is simply a matter of depositing with the jail the full amount of the bond. Travis County Jail will only accept cashier’s checks or money orders in the amount of the bail (no cash).
Since bond is usually set in the thousands, rather than hundreds of dollars, many people will find they cannot come up with the funds as quickly as their friend or loved one needs to get out of jail. Also, the money will be tied up until the case is resolved, which could be a year or even longer. This is generally not a good use of cash funds.
If a person is arrested in the middle of the night (say 2:00 A.M. for a DWI), the judge will not see them to set a bond until sometime much closer to noon or even afternoon. Also, it can take the PreTrial Services Office more than 12 hours to approve a bond for any particular individual. It is not unusual for someone arrested for DWI at 2:00 A.M. to be released on Personal Bond sometime between 6 and 8 P.M. the next day. There is a very strict criteria that the Pretrial Service Office uses to determine if a person is eligible for a personal bond.
Often, a person will not be approved for a Personal Bond unless an attorney is retained. We are often able to speed up the Personal Bond Process. Even if PreTrial Services does not get a bond turned in until sometime in the afternoon, we will speed that process up and get it turned in usually immediately. This hours in jail!
Lawyer Assisted Bonds
The best part about a lawyer assisted bond is that the money paid will be applied towards your attorney’s fees for representation in court. Do not pay a bondsman with money that could go toward your attorney as well.
We have attorneys available all hours of the day and night to help get recently arrested people out of jail. Please call 512-600-1000 to speak with an attorney that can help you now.
Surety or Bail Bonds
The worst way to get out of jail. The money used to pay a bondsman can never be applied to the attorney’s fees in a case. Bail bond companies typically charge at least 20% of the bond amount to get someone out of jail; however, in some cases it is more.