What is a Walk-Thru

Sometimes we throw around words or terms that we are accustomed to in our legal field, but that mean nothing to our client. One of those phrases is a "Walk-Through."

At it's most basic definition, a walk through is a process of self-surrendering with a get out of jail card in hand. For example, if you have a warrant for your arrest in Travis County for let's say Assault Bodily Injury. You can either 1) wait to get arrested, and then hire an attorney or pay a bail bonds company to get you out of jail or 2) be proactive and hire an attorney to get your bond signed as soon as you know there is a warrant.

If you go with option number 2, the process is as follows:

1. You hire an attorney to do a walk through.

2. The attorney gets a bond signed for your warrant.

3. You and your attorney then schedule a time for you to turn yourself in, along with your bond/get out of jail card.

4. The jail then books you so that they can get your information, such as picture, thumbprint and so on.

5. After the process is complete, you go home, and your warrant is no longer active and you did not spend a night in jail, get put in jail clothes, or go to actual jail. The process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the number of self surrenders on that particular night.

6. Once the warrant has been taken care of with a walk through, you are not at risk for being arrested for that particular warrant and you and your attorney can begin the defense of your criminal charge without a night in jail.