Austin Jail Release

Attorney Eric Torberson

How do I bond out of the Travis County Jail?

First thing to do is a Travis County Inmate Search. If someone is in jail, their name should show up on the web page. An attorney can help expedite the jail release by getting the paperwork through the proper departments. If someone wants to know if they have a warrant that can be looked up on Travis County Warrant Search site.  If this is the case, you can hire an attorney to do a walk through at the jail. 

What is Travis County Pretrial Services?

Pretrial Services has a Pretrial Investigations Unit that will collection information through interviews with defendants in custody. From what they gather, they will make recommendations to the court about release on personal bond and recommended bond conditions. The judge will take their recommendation under advisement. 

Pre trial officers gather information from defendants in and out of custody about indigence status relating to court appointed attorney qualification. They also interview field released defendants who were not arrested and taken to jail immediately by police.

Pretrial Investigations is staffed all year long and are open except for the 4 hour period from 2am to 6am.


Bonding Out of Travis County Jail with an Assault Charge

It can be difficult to quickly bond out of jail on a personal bond. The pretrial investigators require contacting the alleged victim about their thoughts on the jailed person’s release. The victim has a say about whether a defendant is a future danger to them. Also the living arrangements are a concern for pretrial services especially if there is a protective order issued by the judge or applied for by the arresting police officer. The protective orders usually restrict the defendant from being at the same place as the victim.

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In Austin an attorney can assist with jail release without the need for a bondsman. Most of the time the fee will be used toward the future legal representation. This save from paying a bondsman non-refundable money as happens in other Texas counties.

We careful what jail release attorney that you use. They may not have your best interest in mind and the particular skills needed to handle your case later on. A jail release lawyer signs the bond paperwork as your attorney on your case until another is substituted in. You will want a skilled Austin DWI Lawyer or the best austin criminal defense attorney for your situation. 

What is a Personal Bond?

Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Chapter 17.03 Personal Bond allows a magistrate at their discretion to release a defendant on their personal bond without sureties or security. Certain offenses will require the court judge to release on a personal bond. These include Capital Murder, Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Sexual Assault, Deadly Assault on Law Enforcement, Corrections, Employee of Pardons and Paroles or Court Participant, Injury to a Child, Elderly or Disabled, Aggravated Robbery, Burglary, Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, Continuous Sexual Abuse of Young Child or Children or Continuous Trafficking of Persons. Also 481 of Health and Safety Code crimes asking for more punishment than first degree felony punishment or refusing or testing positive for controlled substance. 

Are Their Any Personal Bond Conditions?

If a reasonable belief is had by the magistrate or investigating officer that the defendant has a controlled substance in their body or a drug or alcohol abuse finding, the magistrate shall set testing and treatment. This states if it will reasonably assure the appearance of the defendant for trial. But the state cannot use any test results in any criminal proceeding arising out of the offense for defendant is charged. 

The magistrate maintains jurisdiction or the bond until a case is filed or set in county or district court. Until then, the magistrate is in control over the bond and conditions. For a person arrested out of county for another county’s warrant, that magistrate can release the out of county defendant on a personal bond. 

Author: Eric Torberson

Eric Torberson is a licensed attorney in Texas as well as licensed in the federal courts of the southern and western districts of Texas.