If a family member or a friend was recently arrested for something more serious than a misdemeanor, you may have found this site while looking for answers to the many questions you are now faced with. Hopefully for most of you reading this site, getting into trouble with the law is not something you are very familiar with and it can be confusing and terrifying to deal with.

Some of the questions you may have, apart from if they are going to do time, is if you should post bail for the person in jail and if you need to hire an attorney. There are quite a few angles to these questions and for most of it there isn’t a clear answer as to what is best, but more a decision that you will have to make about what is best for YOU.

The person in jail is probably going to be calling you in panic, and they will want you to bail them out. Consider this carefully before you post bail. Realize that if you have the funds and post the bail yourself, you can lose your money if they do not show up for court for whatever reason. If you use a bondsman, they will require a percentage of the bond for their fee and issue a bond. That fee will not be returned to you by the court or the bondsman. Only the person in jail can pay you back. In other words, just like when it comes to loaning money, don’t do it unless you can afford to lose that amount, because you just don’t know what might happen.

Another thing to consider is that for some cases, sitting in jail while waiting for trial might be the very best thing. In my case it was. It gave me a chance to get off the junk and to get my head clear. If I had been bonded out I am very sure I would not have made good decisions about anything while I waited for trial. I was just too messed up at the time. Another angle to this is that every day spent sitting in jail is “time served”. For someone with a job, a family to support, or even school to attend, this loss can be devastating. In other cases, for a person in a bad spot in their life, maybe without a job and generally just messing up, sitting in jail is uncomfortable and not fun, but chances are it won’t hurt them any worse than their current lifestyle was.

For many people the first thing they think of when there is legal trouble is to get the best attorney available to get them out of the trouble they are in. Hiring a good attorney is a very smart choice at times. First take a look at the severity of the crime you are accused of, the possible sentence you could face, and the circumstances surrounding your arrest. All arrests are serious, but some cases will benefit from the legal expertise of a great lawyer. Of course, good attorneys cost good money, so be prepared for a substantial expense. Usually though, spending some money is far preferable than spending a couple years or more locked up. And, if being locked up is the probably outcome to things, of course you will want the shortest sentence length possible.

What if you don’t have money for a good lawyer? Don’t lose hope. You might fear that a public defender will not really defend your loved one very well. In fact, in many cases a public defender will give just the same amount of attention to your case as a paid attorney can. If you are arrested on first time charges that have not caused anyone else serious harm, chances are that your case will never come to trial. A deal will be struck between the DA’s office and your lawyer. A public defender will be able to negotiate this deal just as a paid attorney will. In these kinds of cases the amount of actual time a lawyer will spend on your case, whether it be a paid lawyer or a public defender, is not that much.

Bottom line: If you find yourself or your loved ones with serious legal troubles, do not panic when it comes to making the important decisions. If you do choose to hire an attorney, talk to several and do not to be intimidated. YOU are hiring them, so ask questions! A lot of lawyers are good at talking but don’t let them take over the initial meeting. They can be prone to do this. Make a few notes to refer to so you don’t lose track and forget to ask things. And good luck!

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  1. Nedra says:

    If a person goes back to prison after being out for 7 years on a parole violation how much time is that person facing because he still has 8 year left on parole. Would a public defender be just a good as a attorney?

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Hi Nedra, It will depend on the nature of the violation, and whether any new charges are now on them. Sometimes if a parole violation is something on the smaller side like they failed a drug test during a routine parole visit, they could be told to go to a drug class while still remaining on parole, and they would tighten up their parole visits and general rules. But, if a new charge has been brought against them then they have to both fight that charge AND deal with parole being revoked. Usually what is supposed to happen is if parole is revoked, they have to serve the remainder of the sentence, but these days there are lots of variations to how it all plays out. Regarding an attorney – again I think it depends on if they have new charges. If they do, an attorney might be a good idea if it’s possible. If you are pretty sure they are going to be revoked anyway though, you might just go with the public defender. Peace ~ Magnum

  2. Frank 00686149 do you think its possible for him to receive a second chance in life to prove to texas that drug is behind him once and for all. I been with him for 4 years and I have seen him talk positive concerning leaving those drug await. He was good until his Mother died of cancer, broke his heart for his mother was a strong supporter of his. I know for sure that he is done with that poison.

    If he won’t be release “How much time can a person get for Parole violation” with still a 8 year parole still on his record? Do he need a lawyer to go to his parole board to represent him?

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Hey Nedra, answered to your other comment above. Now I looked up his case, and it seems he got a long term for a drug offense in the 90’s when they were really going hard on the “war on drugs”. Was his parole revocation due to additional drug charges or failing a drug test? I would think they would try to get him into one of the drug programs, but it’s always a crap shot with TDC. I will say, for an addict or someone with past issues with drug use, there is always going to be a reason to use. Whether it be sadness, happiness, a broken heart or losing a job. A person just has to choose not to think of those things as reasons. Sometimes a person just wants to not feel and drugs are a tempting choice, I know this better than anyone. I wish you and Frank the best and hope he stays on the right path and is back home soon. Peace ~ Magnum

  3. yetunde adeyanju says:

    hi, please i will like to know the date my brother Kolade Adeyanju wil be realsed

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Hello, nobody knows for certain when an inmate will be released. Many factors come into play. Your brother has a projected release date of 2017. Usually the projected release date is a good guideline. Good luck to you.

      • Anonymous says:

        Hi , plz can u help me to find out when Kolade Afolabi Adeyanju (Tdcj no : 1498729) wil be free also waz told he has b on project release date since july 9 but his facing the immigration so plz can you help me out to let me know when his coming back home . Tanks

        • Texas Magnum says:

          Hey Anonymous, there is no way for me to know really. Has he had a parole meeting? What was the outcome? If he has immigration issues then he will have an ICE hold on him and have to deal with that. The projected release date is an estimate of when he might get paroled but there is never a guarantee, and it depends on what his activities have been while incarcerated as well. If you are in communication with him he might have some of the answers about parole and his current status. Best of luck to you and peace to you ~ Magnum

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