what a walk-through is in the means of a bailbond

What is a walk-through?

A walk-through is when someone knows they have a warrant for their arrest and they make advanced arrangements for a bond before they are arrested. No one wants to be arrested in front of coworkers or friends or family, so it is a method of turning yourself in (and immediately bonding out) prior to that happening. It is an expedited process that can dramatically shorten the time it takes to get your bond completed (and usually prevents you from sitting in a jail cell for hours).

A good example of a walk-through is in 2014 when then Governor Rick Perry was indicted by a Grand Jury on charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. Governor Perry made prior arrangements for his bond before going to the county to turn himself in. He was fingerprinted, mugshot taken, and then released. After the walk-through, he proceeded to the front of the courthouse and held a press conference. (The charges were later dismissed on Constitutional grounds in early 2016.)

Who can do a walk-though?

Generally speaking, a walk-through can be accomplished on most charges. If you know you have a warrant for your arrest, we can look into it and see if a walk-through can be accomplished. Many times, if you are being investigated for a crime, the detective will call and let you know that they are issuing a warrant. If that occurs, get as much info as possible from the detective – the warrant number, charge, the bond amount, his name and contact information and whether there will be conditions on the bond. This will help us when determining if a walk-through is possible.

What about Class C Misdemeanors other than a traffic ticket?

At first glance, receiving a citation for a Class C Misdemeanor doesn’t seem too harmful. Some people will say it is “just a ticket”. However, some thefts and assaults are Class C Misdemeanors and can have lasting consequences. If you simply pay these tickets or sit them out in jail, they are convictions and can show up when you apply for a job, apartment, etc. So, it is our opinion that it is always better to bond out of jail on any Class C offense that you don’t want on your record. At least by bonding out, you are able to appear in court and attempt to get the case dismissed.

In some family violence cases or assault cases, a traditional walk through may not be possible. Any time there is an Emergency Protective Order (EPO), walk-throughs are not allowed. In these cases, the best course of action is to still make advance arrangements with us, but instead of being able to “walk-through”, you will have to turn yourself in. We will post the bond as soon as you are formally booked in.

What is the process like?

The process is very simple. Once we have confirmed the warrant information, we will meet with you to do the paperwork and take payment. Then we will accompany you to the bond desk or jail and turn the bond in at the same time you turn yourself in. However, you do not have to go sit in a cell. They will take your booking photo and fingerprints, then release you. We both receive a copy of the bond paperwork and you are free to go.

What to bring

You will need a government issued photo ID (Driver’s License, Passport, or ID card). Other than that, bring as little as possible.

A walk-through is the easiest and fastest way to book in and out of jail. If you have a warrant and would like to see if you can do a walk-through, please call us at 817-840-6000 and we will be happy to help you.

If you have a friend or loved one in one of the above jails, call us! We can help.