Being in jail, or having a loved one in jail can be a frightening experience, especially if you have never gone through the process before. However, with the help of an experienced attorney, you can rest easy knowing that you are in good hands.
If you are arrested in Travis County, you will be taken to the local jail. In order to be released from jail, you must make bail. Bail helps ensure that the accused will return to court once released from jail, because the money put up will not be returned otherwise. The amount of your bail can fluctuate depending on several factors, including the crime that you are accused of committing. If bail is set too high, your attorney can negotiate the amount to try to get you out more quickly.
Bonds are a way of paying bail—a type of collateral to get you out of jail that ensure you will return to court for your hearing. There are three common types of bonds:
• Cash Bond – This is the smallest type of bond. Some are able to pay the entire amount in full, or can get help from a co-signer. With the exception of minor court costs and other fees, you will get most of your money returned in a cash bond.
• Security Bond – If the bail is set too high to pay on your own, you can hire a bail bond agent to cover the amount. You simply need to pay 10 percent of the total. A co-signer can help with the overall cost.
• Property Bond – This is an option for those who have a very large bail amount. You can offer property as bond, but if the defendant does not show up, the court owns the title and can begin the foreclosure process on the property.
At the Law Office of Ken Gibson, we have successfully helped clients facing from all over Travis County and are ready to get to work for you. To learn more about your options, schedule a free review of your case today.