Varghese Summersett represents individuals charged with criminal offenses in and around North Richland Hills. If your loved one is in the North Richland Hills Jail, your first priority will be getting them out. Here are some tips to get you started:

How to find out if someone is in custody in the North Richland Hills Jail:

  • Call the North Richland Hills City Jail at (817) 427-7080.
  • Call North Richland Hills Detention Services at (817) 427-7000 and select option #3. Detention Officers can provide information on a limited basis.
  • Visit the North Richland Hills Jail located at 4301 City Point Drive in North Richland Hills, TX 76180.
  • The North Richland Hills Jail also houses inmates for Richland Hills, Haltom City, and Watauga.

Arraignments generally take place at 7 a.m. each day. However, this is subject to change based on the magistrate’s availability.

Visitation generally occurs daily from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

How to find out if someone has been moved to a Tarrant County facility:

If they are not in custody at the local jail, they may have been transported to a Tarrant County facility. To find out if someone is in custody in a Tarrant County facility:

  • You may check the Tarrant County Inmate Search page.
  • The phone numbers for Tarrant County Jail Information are Jail Information, (817) 884-3116 and (817) 884-3117.

Should you hire an attorney or bondsman first?

Here are some reasons you should hire an attorney before you hire a bondsman if you are charged with a serious criminal offense:

The bond may be set too high. You will have no idea if the bond that was set on your loved one’s case is reasonable or not. An attorney will be able to determine whether the bond is within the range customary to your location. A bondsman has little incentive to tell you that the bond is set high because a higher bond translates to a higher fee.

The bond may not have been set. If you are charged with a criminal offense but bond has not been set, you will want to immediately talk to a criminal defense attorney who can approach a judge on your behalf to get a bond set or to file a writ of habeas corpus for your release.

The attorney advantage. The sooner an experienced criminal defense attorney is working on your case, the sooner the charges may be reduced or dropped. It is especially important on a felony case to involve a criminal defense attorney early in the process due to the fact that all felony cases go through the grand jury process. A skilled defense attorney can use the grand jury process to your advantage.

You may not need a bondsman. You may be able to post a cash bond or their might be other ways to secure you loved one’s release. For instance, Tarrant County Pre-Trial Release is a way for qualified prisoners to be released without paying a bond. Pre-trial release is a personal bond, or promise, to appear. Tarrant County Pre-Trial Release is responsible for gathering and reviewing information about a prisoner to determine whether to release them from custody. Your loved one may also be eligible for release on mental health bond conditions or a personal recognizance bond.

Posting a Cash Bond

Bonds may be posted at any time, 24 hours a day, at the Bond Desk in the Tarrant County Corrections Center, 100 N. Lamar, Fort Worth, TX 76196.

Pretrial Release: A Bond Alternative in Tarrant County

Tarrant County Pretrial Services provides a way for an inmate to be released from custody without putting up a cash bond or going through a bondsman. Pretrial Services is available to individuals charged with:

  • Class A and B misdemeanors and
  • Non-violent felonies.

To be eligible for release through pretrial services, the defendant:

  • Must be a resident of Tarrant County or reside within a 50-mile radius.

Pretrial Services in Tarrant County

  • Must be in jail on a Tarrant County offense
  • Must provide positive identification
  • Must not be on parole or probation nor have any previous felony convictions
  • Must be willing to appear in court for all scheduled court appearances until the case is disposed
  • Defendants who have first degree felonies or who have a history of bond forfeitures are excluded from consideration unless ordered by a judge.

To secure a person’s release through Pretrial Services contact Tarrant County Pretrial Release at 817-884-1465. The fee is $20 or 3 percent of the amount of the bond, whichever is greater.

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Tarrant County Criminal Defense Firm

Varghese Summersett PLLC is here to assist you when you have been arrested or charged with a criminal offense. We handle all levels of state and federal criminal offenses. This includes driving while intoxicated cases, white collar crimes, drug crimes, and crimes against persons or property. To discuss the specifics of your case, call our office today for a complimentary strategy session. During this call we will:

  • Discuss the facts of your case;
  • Discuss the legal issues involved, including the direct and collateral consequences of the allegation; and
  • Discuss the defenses that apply to your plan and in general terms discuss our approach to your case.

Call: (817) 203-2220

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