Getting Out of Jail After Arrest – Understanding Your Options in Texas

Getting arrested is certainly a frightening experience, especially when it catches you by surprise.  For example, you may have a traffic ticket that you have forgotten about and a warrant issued for your arrest.  You get pulled over, the officer pulls up your record which reveals the warrant, and you are taken to jail.  Or, the warrant for your arrest may relate to a more serious misdemeanor or felony charge in Texas.  Regardless of the reason for the issuance of a warrant and/or for your arrest, you will likely be required to pay bail in order to be let free.  If you have been charged with felony drug possession, for example, your bail amount may be significantly higher than the bail amount for the charge of driving with an expired or illegal driver’s license.

How Can I Get Out of Jail?

One of the biggest concerns when it comes to bailing someone out of jail is coming up with the necessary amount of money that will set your loved one free.  The obvious first option is to find the cash to bail your loved one out of jail.  If the amount is a few hundred dollars, then paying the bail amount may be doable.  However, if the bail amount is pushing one thousand dollars or more, you may have to look to other options to satisfy the bail amount, otherwise your loved one may be staying in jail for an unknown amount of time.

Additional options for making bail include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Giving property worth the full amount of the bail (such as a watch or piece of jewelry); or
  • Giving a bond that guarantees payment of the full bail amount.

It is important to understand that if you are going to post bond, you may choose to work with a bail bondsman, and while this will get you out of jail right away, you may be paying back a significant amount in fees and interest charges.  In Texas, you also have the option of having your attorney post bond to get you out of jail.  Therefore, it is extremely important to consult with an experienced Dallas Country Criminal Defense Attorney who can help you get out of jail and face your criminal charge.  Working with an attorney will also give you some peace of mind in knowing that your rights are being protected.

Contact Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Pettit Today

If you or someone you know has been arrested and needs to get out of jail, you will need to act quickly to pay bail and enlist the legal services of a skilled Dallas County Criminal Defense Attorney.  Oftentimes it is difficult to come up with sufficient cash to bail someone out of jail.  As such, having a full understanding of the various options you can take will help you make the best decision given the circumstances you are in.  A qualified Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney can help you utilize all resources possible to come up with the required bail amount in order to bail someone out of jail.  Dallas County Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Pettit is a former prosecutor with more than thirty years of service working with the criminal justice system, defending his clients’ rights to the fullest extent possible.  If you would like to speak with Jack Pettit regarding a criminal charge that your or someone you know is facing, contact our office right away by calling (214) 521-4567.  Our office conveniently provides bilingual legal services in both English and Spanish, and we also accept major credit cards.


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