WHAT IS 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 you get picked up by officers, they'll take you to jail immediatly. 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 (512-216-3211). Once you hire the attorney, the attorney contacts the court and prepares all of the needed paperwork to secure your release. Typically, especially for misdmeanors 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.
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