What You Need To Know About Obtaining A Satellite Bond
How do I get a Satellite Bond in San Antonio, TX?
If you have a warrant for your arrest you may be asking how to turn yourself in San Antonio, TX without having to go to jail. The answer is a satellite bond. Simple right? Yes, it is. But there is more to it than just showing up, you have to be prepared to walk through, so you don’t end up in the hell hole that is the Bexar County Jail.
I got an FTA and I am RWOB what does that mean?
If you have a warrant because you missed a court date you have an FTA (Failure to Appear). Usually, judges in San Antonio will Remand you Without Bond (RWOB). This means that they want an explanation as to why it is you missed your court date (or messed up your deferred adjudication or probation). You are also a fugitive (the court staff call it being a FUG). Yes, just like the movies. Except not nearly as glamorous and a much better chance of getting shot and killed because an officer is required to do a dangerous felony stop on you when he finds out you have a warrant. You cannot just show up at the San Antonio, TX satellite bond office and ask to be walked through. They will just take you to the Bexar County Jail. So, what do you do?
I’m a FUG with an FTA who is RWOB. What do I do?
Hire a lawyer. The lawyer will explain to the judge why it is you missed court or why you messed up on your deferred/probation. He will then find out from you how much of a bond you can afford and have the judge set it below that. The point is that the judge wants to get you back on track. Warrants are the puss-filled sores of the criminal justice system. They are proof that something is wrong and if you hire a lawyer you have committed to fixing it before it becomes a problem. The other problem is, that you will not be able to resolve your RWOB before you turn yourself in. So, the lawyer has to go get the bond set, take you to the satellite office in the basement of the court house, and then go and tell the clerks to put the bond in the system. These steps have to be executed precisely and if they’re not the deputies at the satellite bond office have to take you to the Bexar County Jail. So, if you are a FUG with an FTA who is RWOB in San Antonio, TX we can help you. It is really important that you call us, because being in this situation is dangerous to you and your whole family.
Why is being a fugitive dangerous?
When a police officer sees you have a warrant, he actually sees you as a fugitive. Police officers can stop your vehicle for no reason. They can come into your house and try and find you. They do all of this with weapons drawn. Many people who get shot by the police are shot while they have warrants. So, don’t expose yourself to this unnecessary danger, give us a call so we can fix your warrant today.
Can Everyone get a Satellite Bond?
Not everyone qualifies for a satellite bond. Some offenses (like most sex offenses) cannot be processed through the basement of the courthouse (where they do the satellite bonds). You also need to have a valid ID (Driver’s License or Passport) and a $15 money order. Fun fact: the $15 money order goes to support the prosecutor’s retirement fund. If you do not have a valid ID you can still go through satellite so long as you have previously been processed through the Bexar County Jail.
Also, if you are not in San Antonio and have a Bexar County warrant you will not be able to get a satellite bond. The satellite bond is more of a place than it is a type of bond. It is a place that allows you to walk in a fugitive and walk out on bond. If you turn yourself in to law enforcement and you are not turning yourself into the satellite bond office you will be taken to the Bexar County Jail (if you are out of county you may have to wait weeks for this to happen). So, if you have a Bexar County warrant get yourself to San Antonio, TX and figure out how to get turned in on your warrant.
Why The Locke Law Group?
We have a great deal of experience fixing people’s warrants. We can use our relationships with judges to get a bond set in your case. We can get you walked in and out of the Bexar County Courthouse in a matter of hours (usually you start around 8:30 am and you are out by 11:30 am). There is no need to walk around with a warrant. We will check you for warrants (for free and completely confidential) and let you know if you will qualify for the satellite bond process. When we walk someone through, they are usually out the same morning they walk in. Don’t wait! Give us a call at (210) 229-8300 today!