If you have been notified that someone you care for has been booked into the Las Colinas Jail you are probably in a state of shock.
Most people have never been in this situation before. It is natural to feel as if your entire world has been flipped on its end. The first thing you will want to do involves taking a deep breath.
From there, you will want to grab a pen, a piece of paper and you will want to start making a list. There are many things that will need to be done, people who will need to be called and line items that should be crossed off.
If the defendant is able to call you, it is important to know this may be the only chance they have to use a phone. Being in jail is not like spending time in a hotel. The defendant could soon be moved to an area that doesn’t have a pay phone. On the other hand, they may be in a holding cell with many other people who are all trying to dial out.
You will not be able to call in speak with them. Jailers do not take and/or relay messages.
Gather as much information as you can. Find out how long ago they were arrested, what she has been charged with and her bail amount, if she knows it. Ask if there are people need to be contacted.
Do you need to call the defendant out of work? What is the name of the company? Who is her immediate supervisor?
Does she want / need you to call a spouse, parent or loved one? Is there a small child that is at school or daycare that will need to be picked up? Are there any appointments that need to be cancelled?
You will then want to begin the process of hiring a Las Colinas Jail bondsman. If you know an attorney they may be able to provide you with a referral. Do you know someone who has hired a bondsman in the past? They might also be a helpful resource.
Lastly, depending on the nature of the charges you might want to reach out to a criminal defense lawyer. This person will be able to help the defendant navigate the legal process. A public defender will be available to those who are unable to afford private legal representation.
At the same time, it is important to remember that a public defender will not be able to provide the same type of individualized attention as a private attorney.
If you have additional questions about what to do after someone is booked into the Las Colinas Jail be sure to contact a reputable bondsman in your area.