By Dallas and Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal
It’s horrifying when a loved one calls and tells you they were arrested for shoplifting. In Frisco, Collin County, Texas, there are mechanisms in place to make a jail releases easy.
Call me at (214) 724-7065, and I can help put the fire out and give you answers! Not only can I help your loved one with getting out of jail, but as a former Collin County Prosecutor I can answer questions about how theft cases work.
Getting Out of Jail
To get someone out of jail a bond must be paid. To pay a bond, a bond must be set by a magistrate judge. Therein lies the problem.
From the time the police put on the handcuffs at the store, it could be up to 24 hours before they take your loved one before a magistrate.
This is where a “Writ Bond” comes in to play. A “Writ Bond” is a Writ of Habeas Corpus which is filed by an attorney on behalf of the accused. Collin County has a schedule of bonds that are triggered upon the filing of a Writ. When the attorney files the writ, the bond can be paid immediately and the person released from custody.
This means bond can be posted without having to wait to see a magistrate — sometimes just hours after the arrest.
In some circumstances, as with all legal matters, writs can be complex. Depending on the charges and other factors, a writ bond may not be appropriate. You should discuss any questions you may have with an attorney.
*Jeremy F. Rosenthal is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Texas. Nothing in this article is intended to be legal advice. For specific legal advice about any case you should contact an attorney directly.