There are few things more stressful than ending up in jail. You may have been charged with a DWI, an assault, or another serious crime. In these circumstances, it makes sense to contact an Austin jail release attorney as soon as possible.
Being arrested can be bewildering, particularly if it’s your first time.
If you were arrested in Travis County by the Austin police department you will be transferred to a central booking office.
The Arrest Process
The police officer who arrested you will submit a probable cause affidavit (PC) which states the reasons why the officer believes a crime has been committed.
The affidavit must be turned in within 24 hours or a misdemeanor arrest or 48 hours of a felony arrest.
The magistrate or a judge reviews the probable cause affidavit checking the facts and the defendant’s criminal history. The seriousness of the allegations against the defendant and the length of his or her prior arrest history are the most important factors in determining the bail amount. He or she will determine if there was probable cause for a police officer to make the arrest. A bail amount will be set.
The defendant will meet the judge or magistrate, usually within 24 hours of a bond being set.
An Austin Jail release attorney can help you during this process. The lawyer can obtain a copy of the probable cause affidavit and usually review it before meeting you.
A lawyer can approach a magistrate or judge on your behalf and waive the magistrate process, which often leads to delays in how long a defendant is held in a cell.
When people who don’t speak English as a first language are jailed, the process can be even more difficult. At Peek & Toland our jail release attorneys speak a number of languages.
If you are arrested at certain times, you may face delays. Judge are available in Travis County from 7 a.m, until 1 a.m. If you have been arrested for a DWI in the early hour, you won’t have a bail amount set for hours.
In some cases, an Austin jail release attorney can get you out earlier. If a friend or a family member was arrested in the early hours and there is no judge available to set bail, you may be able to obtain a “Hobby” release.
The process is named after former Lieutenant Governor William Hobby. Our criminal defense lawyers can advise you on this procedure.
Contact An Austin Jail Release Attorney
We also advise and help defendants to obtain bonds, whether cash bonds, personal bonds or lawyer assisted bonds.
Call our experienced Austin, Texas jail release attorneys today for help at (512) 474-4445.
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