Information on Pretrial Services
In Oregon, most criminal defendants in circuit court have a qualified right to pretrial release. The Presiding Judge of Lane County Circuit Court has given the authority to make pretrial release decisions to the Pretrial Services Office (commonly referred to as the office of the Custody Referee).
Release assistance officers interview defendants who are in custody to determine eligibility for release. Defendants released by the office must sign pretrial release agreements before being released from custody. In the release agreement, the defendant agrees to appear in court and other conditions in exchange for being out of custody while waiting for trial.
The release officers also monitor defendants' compliance with conditions of release. They report defendants' failure to comply to the court. If the defendant fails to comply with the conditions of release or fails to appear for a court date, a judge will issue a warrant for the defendant's arrest.
How to Get a Defendant Out Of Jail
A defendant, family or a friend can pay a security deposit to the court to bring about a release. The security deposit, usually 10% of the security set by the Pretrial Services Office, can be posted at the Lane County Circuit Courthouse during the workday (Monday - Friday, except court holidays , 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ) or at the Pretrial Services Office between 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and on weekends from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.. Example: If the security level is set at $5,000, the defendant will have to post $500 (10%) in cash to be released from jail.
The Pretrial Services Office is located at the Lane County Jail, 101 W. Fifth, Eugene, OR 97401. The phone number is (541) 682-4201. Please click here for directions to the office.
What Happens to the Money I Paid for Release?
- Before you pay any money to get a defendant released from jail, you should understand that the law provides:
- The court will automatically keep 15% of the deposit posted for administrative release costs.
- The court may order that the remainder of the deposit be applied toward payment of any fines, costs, assessments, restitution, attorney fees or other financial obligations imposed in this case or any case in Lane County Circuit Court in which the defendant owes money.
- The court may order the deposit amount forfeited to the State if the defendant violates any conditions of his or her release agreement.
- Any refund will be made payable to the person who posted the money as shown by the court records, or as otherwise ordered by the court. It is your responsibility to notify the court if your address changes.
- It usually takes from two to three weeks after all matters in the case have been completed before a refund is processed.