Who do you call when you’re trying to get out of Jail?

by | Dec 7, 2011 | Law

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Remember when you used to play Monopoly and there was always a “get out of jail free” card? Unfortunately, there are no such cards in real life.  In the real world of Austin, Texas, getting out of jail following an arrest almost always requires bail.  In the movies or on TV, it is often a friend or a family member who shows up to bail someone out of jail.  But most of us do not usually have the funds readily available to post bail for ourselves or for anyone else.  Instead, use that phone call to connect with a criminal attorney.

Those who do not have the necessary bail money to get out of jail in Austin often utilize a bail bondsman. A bondsman will post a surety bond for a percentage fee.  The fee is usually about 10% to 15% of the total bail amount, although some circumstances could cause it to be significantly higher.  In addition, the bail company will require other individuals to act as sureties.  A surety is a family member or a friend who will be held liable if the person does not return to court.

Understandably, if you have been arrested in Austin, you may have family members or friends who are unwilling to act as a surety for you.  If you find yourself in this situation, ask your family member or friend to contact a criminal attorney for you immediately.  A criminal attorney can often secure a personal bond for your release.  With a personal bond, you are not required to have any sureties.  Rather, if you were to fail to appear in criminal court, the county could sue you for the amount of the bond.  Usually you can only obtain a personal bond through the efforts of a criminal attorney.

If you’re charged with a criminal offense, you will have enough to face in the weeks and months ahead, so at least make your release from jail as anxiety-free as possible.  With an attorney-secured personal bond, you will most likely experience a faster jail release, the cost of your bond will be significantly less, and there will be no need for your family or friends to be held liable.  In addition, you will already have begun to build a relationship with a criminal attorney who can also work to get the charges against you dismissed or the consequences for those charges minimized.

So, even though there is no such thing as a “get out of jail free” card, you can have the next best thing: a qualified criminal attorney working for your jail release through a personal bond.

Criminal Attorney Austin Texas Need help to get out of jail? Contact criminal attorneys of Austin, Texas based Nichols & Gill, P.C., striving hard for your jail release.