Many people think they will go through their entire lives without being arrested. For those of us so lucky, chances are still pretty good that you have a relative or friend who was not. When someone in or near Austin is arrested, he or she is taken to the Travis County Jail. You can check to see if they have been booked in by checking the Travis County Jail Inmate Finder:
This page will provide you with important information: the person's booking number, the charge (either felony or misdemeanor), the cause number of the criminal case, and the amount of the bond set. You now conclusively know they are in the Austin jail, under the control of the Travis County Sheriff's Office.
The next step for an Austin jail release is to contact an Austin criminal defense lawyer who can try to arrange for personal bond or cash-deposit bond. Travis County allows criminal defense lawyers to do jail releases similar to bail bondsmen. If this was NOT a Travis County arrest, contact the sheriff's office in the county where the person was arrested to get jail release information. Then call our office to see if we can assist you in getting the person released ourselves or with a local bail bond agency.
Bail bondsmen charge a fee of around 10% of the bond amount. However, their fee is only to secure jail release, and you will still have to hire an Austin criminal attorney for the charge. In many other counties, such as Williamson County, bail bondsmen are the only ones authorized to arrange for jail release. If your friend or loved one was arrested in Williamson, Hays, Bastrop, Caldwell, Blanco, Burnet, or some other county, we may still be able to assist you in finding bondsmen to get your person out of jail.
Important - If the arrest was very recent, the Travis County Jail website may not have information posted yet. Contacting our Austin Jail Release Lawyers can significantly speed up the jail release process, and get your friend or relative released from jail as quickly as possible. Call us 24 hours a day, any day, to see how we can help, at 512 236 0505.