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Can I Use an Attorney Writ Bond to Get Released After Being Arrested?

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After being arrested on criminal charges, you will want to figure out the best way to get out of jail as quickly as possible. While waiting for a judge to set bail and posting that amount either by making a cash payment or receiving a bail bond is one commonly used option, this process can take up to 48 hours to complete. In some cases, you may be able to get released more quickly by obtaining an attorney writ bond. Our attorneys can help you make arrangements to receive this type of bond without the need to appear before a judge, and in many cases, this process can be completed within a few hours. However, it is important to understand the types of cases where an attorney writ bond will or will not be an option.

What Types of Criminal Charges Are Eligible for Attorney Writ Bonds?

Typically, attorney writ bonds are available to those who have been charged with certain types of misdemeanor offenses, including:

  • DWI - A first-time DWI is usually charged as a Class B misdemeanor, and a second DWI is a Class A misdemeanor in most cases.

  • Drug charges - Possession of 4 ounces of marijuana or less is a misdemeanor offense. Possession of smaller amounts of drugs in Penalty Group 3, 4, or 5 may also be charged as a misdemeanor.

  • Theft - Shoplifting and other theft-related offenses are typically charged as misdemeanors if the value of the property that was allegedly stolen is $2,500 or less.

Attorney writ bonds are not available for felony offenses, including:

  • Felony DWI - A third or subsequent DWI offense is charged as a felony, and felony charges may also apply if a person is accused of DWI with a child passenger, intoxication assault, or intoxication manslaughter.

  • Felony drug charges - Possession of any amount of drugs in Penalty Group 1 or 2 will be charged as a felony, and felony charges will also apply for possession of higher amounts of drugs in Penalty Group 3, 4, or 5. Notably, THC extracts and edibles are included in Penalty Group 2, which means possession of these forms of marijuana is considered a felony offense. Felony charges will also typically apply in cases involving accusations of drug distribution or trafficking.

  • Felony theft - Theft of property valued at more than $2,500 will result in felony charges. Robbery and burglary are also typically charged as felonies.

Those who are arrested on family violence charges will not be eligible for an attorney writ bond, even if they are charged with a misdemeanor. Arrests related to traffic violations will also not be eligible for attorney writ bonds.

Contact Our McKinney Criminal Defense Attorneys

By contacting the Law Offices of Biederman & Burleson P.L.L.C. as soon as possible after you are arrested, you can determine whether you will be able to receive an attorney writ bond and get out of jail quickly. We will make sure you follow the correct procedures to get released, and we will advise you on the best defense strategies against the charges you are facing. Contact our tenacious Frisco attorney writ bond lawyers today and set up a free consultation by calling 469-333-3333.

 

Sources:

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/CR/htm/CR.15.htm

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/CR/htm/CR.17.htm

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