What is a walk-through?
In a walk-through bond, a person who knows that there’s a warrant for his or her arrest can arrange for a bond before actually being arrested. With the bond approved, the person then essentially turns him- or herself in. One benefit of a walk-through is that the person controls the circumstances of the arrest, preventing the embarrassment of being arrested in front of family, friends, or coworkers. A walk-through also expedites the process of getting the bond completed, and it means the person won’t have to spend time in jail. The person is still technically arrested, but because the bond is pre-approved, he or she can be released immediately.
A common example of a walk-through is former Governor Rick Perry, who was indicted by a Grand Jury in 2014 on charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. Instead of being publicly arrested, he made arrangements for his bond and then went to the county to turn himself in. He had a mugshot taken, was fingerprinted, and was then released. (The charges were later dismissed on Constitutional grounds in 2016.)
Who can do a walk-through?
Most charges are eligible for walk-through bonding. If you know there’s a warrant for your arrest, contact us and we can see if a walk-through is a possibility.
In some domestic violence or assault cases, a traditional walk-through isn’t an option. In any case that involves an Emergency Protective Order (EPO), a walk-through isn’t allowed.
What’s involved in the process?
The process of a walk-through bond is simple. You’ll meet with your bail bond agent to fill out paperwork and submit payment, then your agent will accompany you to the bond desk or jail and turn in your bond at the time you turn yourself in. Your booking photo and fingerprints will be taken, and then you’ll be released without spending any time in a jail cell.
A walk through is the quickest, easiest, and least stressful way to book in and out of jail. If you know you have an outstanding warrant, or if you’re not sure if your situation is applicable, contact us today.