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Jail release is imminent for eligible individuals in Texas. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many Texans are still at risk of contracting the coronavirus. But the numbers are tracking downward, as vaccinations against the disease increase. That said, overcrowding in Texas jails has caused major concern in several counties across the state, including Travis County. The lack of space in jails has prevented appropriate social distancing and quarantining, and many are worried that the virus will spread within the jail system because of this. There have been calls to release those who are eligible for bond as COVID-19 cases are discovered in jail populations. If you know someone who has been jailed and you want to help them get out of jail quickly, especially in light of the COVID-19 risk, contacting a qualified jail release attorney is a good first step.

Is your loved one eligible for jail release?

When someone is arrested in Travis County, he or she is most often taken to the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in downtown Austin for processing and booking. Part of the initial process for those individuals is an interview by a representative from Pretrial Services, during which it is determined whether they qualify for jail release via posting bond. Eligibility depends on multiple considerations and aspects of the case, such as the nature of the allegations/charges, any prior arrests/convictions in criminal records, input from personal and/or employment references, etc. Pretrial Services caseworkers make recommendations to the Court about whether personal bonds should be granted automatically; a judge makes the final decision either way. If an automatic personal bond is not recommended by Pretrial Services, an experienced jail release attorney may be able to convince the judge to allow another type of bond.

What can you do to get your loved one out of jail fast?

Having a knowledgeable attorney complete an application for bonding and jail release with you, and then submit it on your behalf, can save a lot of time. It can take a long time for a bond to be processed, but an attorney familiar with the procedures and channels for doing so can help expedite the process. Skilled attorneys can follow and correct any problems with the paperwork along the way, sometimes waive certain steps, or even get cases moved ahead to shorten the timeline for getting your loved one released from jail. Hiring a professional attorney can be the key to securing a jail release in Texas, quickly and smoothly.

The compassionate and competent team at Jarvis, Garcia, & Erskine Law understands the stress and worry of having a loved one arrested and jailed. If you find yourself in need of professional legal help to secure a jail release in Travis County, they can answer your questions and provide legal guidance regarding how to proceed in the case. For a free consultation and more information about the legal services available from the experienced team at Jarvis, Garcia, & Erskine Law, contact them online or call 512-601-8395.