My mother is in jail for a DWI with a child and resisting arrest, do we get a bailsbond or hire an attorney and do a PR Bond?

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My mother is in jail for a DWI with a child and resisting arrest, do we get a bailsbond or hire an attorney and do a PR Bond?

We can pay the bails bond but we still need an attorney so do you recommend just hiring a DUI or criminal law attorney and getting a PR bond? Also, will she qualify for a PR bond? This is her first offense; her record was clean before. In Cameron County, TX.

Asked on May 28, 2011 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

M.S., Member, Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

In my opinion, when having to choose between getting an attorney or paying a bond, the better choice, in the long run, is hiring an attorney.  If its an either/or situation, paying the bond might be better in the short run, but will probably lead to a less favorable resolution of the charges, which will lead to more time in the long run.  On the other hand, if you hire an attorney the attorney will be able to argue for a lower bond (or a promise to appear) and then give her the best opportunity to obtain the most favorable resolution of the charges that leads to the least amount of incarceration.  Furthermore, in the worst case scenario, the time that she is incarcerated on bond will be attributed to the time that she receives pursuant to a sentence -- in other words, even if she is found guilty with an attorney, but the time the case is resolved she will likely be released for time served.


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