You’re sitting home one evening, and you get a collect call from jail. It is from your child, or your spouse, or another family member or friend. You are told that that he or she has been arrested, is in jail, and needs your help. You would like to do what you can, but you’ve never been arrested before, never been in jail before, and you’re knowledge consists of what you’ve seen on TV and in the movies. That knowledge is limited to understanding that you might be able to bail the person out of jail, but you assume that takes money and assets you just don’t have. You are unaware of any other possible ways to secure your family member’s freedom.
Trying to get a family member or friend out of jail can be a frustrating experience. Matthew Shrum is a Travis County criminal lawyer who has the experience to help you with a jail release problem. Mr. Shrum understands the law and the system, and he will be able to find the best and most cost-efficient way of getting your family member or friend out of jail. Call him for a free consultation.
A bond is set by the judge as the amount of money necessary for having a defendant released pending resolution of the case. People hear primarily about bail bonds that involve putting up collateral and paying a fee to a bail bondsman in order to secure the release of someone in jail. But there are actually several types of bonds:
An attorney can submit a request for a personal bond. But granting the request is a matter of discretion with the court. Various factors will be considered, including the defendant’s prior criminal history (including any history of complying – or failing to comply – with court orders), the nature of the offense, the defendant’s ties to the community (family, residence, job, etc.), and others. You definitely want an attorney who can argue forcefully for a personal bond, and if that is not possible, then seeing to it that the amount of bail is not prohibitive.
At the Law Office of Matthew Shrum, we understand the laws governing jail release. We also understand that your overriding concern is having your loved one or family member out of jail. We will do everything we can to achieve that goal as quickly and as painlessly as possible. Call us today for a free consultation.