LET US HELP YOU AVOID ARREST BY
CLEARING YOUR WARRANT WITH A WALKTHROUGH.
A walkthrough is a local term describing the process of clearing an active arrest warrant. There are several stages of the process, described below, but a walkthrough has one major advantage: keeping you out of jail.
If officers pick you up, they'll take you to jail immediately. You'll then have to attempt to be released while in jail, which is never easy. You can't make calls, check with bond companies, or speak with attorneys. You won't have access to bank accounts, funds, or family.
Even if you self surrender, you'll have to wait in jail until you see a magistrate -- or longer.
A walkthrough helps by arranging for your release BEFORE you turn yourself in. By having an attorney obtain a signed bond beforehand, you're basically ensuring a quick release before you even begin the walkthrough.
Here's what happens: you contact and hire an attorney. Call us for a quote (512-800-3741). Once you hire the attorney, the attorney contacts the court and prepares all of the needed paperwork to secure your release. Typically, especially for misdemeanors and some felony cases, we try to secure a PR bond, so you don't need to put up more cash. In some situations, we can arrange for a reduced or percentage bond, if the judge will not offer a PR bond.
Once we have the paperwork ready, we meet you at the courthouse. You sign the bond and we go to the bonding desk. You surrender (which means you sit in a room in the courthouse), and wait for your turn for fingerprints and booking photo. If you have a case that required a protective order (family assault, etc.) then you'll need to speak with a magistrate, which will create a delay -- but it's still better than going to jail.
After fingerprinting and photo, you're released from the room in the courthouse and given paperwork with your next court setting.
That's it. Most walkthroughs take about two-five hours, and you won't need to enter the jail or general population.
DON'T LET AN ARREST WARRANT CATCH UP TO YOU!
An arrest warrant in Austin of Travis County can pop up when you least expect it. Your name and information may be listed in the warrant database of Austin or Travis County for years without you even realizing it. 95% of all warrants are executed during routine traffic stops, where the person doesn't even know there is an active Austin or active Travis County arrest warrants.
YOU CAN AVOID JAIL BY CALLING TO ARRANGE A WALKTHROUGH!
Avoid being hauled off to jail without warning or without making arrangements. In most cases, we can help you surrender to the jail by conducting a Walk Through; a Walkthrough will allow you to (often) not even spend a minute in the jail, instead being released with a court date to appear later, while out of custody, rather than as an inmate.
The overwhelming majority (we'd even venture to say 100%) of individuals with active arrest warrants in Austin or Travis County prefer to clear a warrant by walkthrough, since it alleviates the need to spend time in jail, and can speed up the legal process by getting you into court as soon as possible.
THE WARRANT PROCESS IN AUSTIN AND TRAVIS COUNTY TEXAS
Arrest Warrants in Austin and Travis County are issued by law enforcement, either the Austin Police Department or the Travis County Sheriff's Office. On occasion, other agencies or divisions may issue an arrest warrant in a slightly different manner, such as Austin ISD officers, but in general, your warrant will appear in one of two databases: The Austin Police Department Warrant Search Database, and the Travis County Sheriff's Office Arrest Warrant Database.
No matter how the warrant is issued, the procedure is essentially the same; an office or detective submits a warrant application to a magistrate or judge, who is typically signed and then entered into the active arrest warrant database. At that point, you're liable to arrest at any point.
However, once the Walkthrough is completed, the warrant is cleared and a court setting given, giving you peace of mind to sleep through the night.
SO WHAT CAN YOUR LAWYERS AND LAW FIRM DO FOR ME?
The Law Office of Robert Keates can provide you with a route to avoid jail, and clear your warrant by initiating a walkthrough. A walkthrough is a process where two things happen almost simultaneously; first, we process and prepare all of the paperwork required by several agencies, and then appear before a Judge or Magistrate on your case to obtain a Personal Release Bond. Once that's approved, we meet you and aid you in surrendering to the Booking Desk at the Courthouse. There, you are processed along with the paperwork we prepared and had the Judge sign, and you're released with an appearance date for Court.
WHAT WILL A WALKTHROUGH COST ME?
Our Fees for a Walkthrough (Clearing a Warrant) depend on the actual case itself. Typically, the Fee required for attempting to clear your arrest warrant will be credited toward your total legal fees for the representation of your case, saving you additional money that would typically go toward bond with a bail bond company or cash bond.
JAIL RELEASES AND BONDING OUT OF JAIL
What is a Jail Release? Jail Release is where an Attorney signs the bond paperwork to get you out of jail. You need to hire the attorney, and will be released with a variety of conditions that must be in compliance as your case progresses through the Court system.
Most commonly, Jail Release refers to an immediate release within several hours of arrest, typically on DWI cases. But you can contact an attorney to get you or a loved one out of jail at any point in the proceeding. Often, using an attorney for a jail release will save you from posting large amounts of cash for bond or paying bail fees.
An attorney can credit your bond payment toward the legal fees, so you don't have to pay twice. This arrangement only works a portion of the time, when a judge agrees to allow a percentage bond for the defendant in conjunction with hiring an attorney.
Some attorneys also will put up an Attorney Bond, where the attorney is on the hook for the defendant. We do not offer this service, as there are major ethical considerations with that type of arrangement. But, we can speak to the Court to attempt a PR bond, which means you (or your loved one) are released with a promise to appear and other conditions -- but no money. A PR bond saves the defendant and family financial worry over how to post bond, and who might pay for the bail.
Helpful Links: Austin PD Warrant Search | Travis County Warrant Search | Inmate Search TCJ