Following Arrest

The Process That Follows An Arrest

When someone has been arrested for a crime in California, they will be transported to a nearby law enforcement station for processing and booking.  The time it takes to process and book an offender, will greatly depend on the size of the jail, and how busy the station is.  Some cases can be processed within the hour, however, in larger and busier stations, the process can take up to, and even longer than twelve hours.

Upon arrival for processing, a detainee will be searched for weapons and drugs.  All personal property will be recorded and stored by an officer/jailer at the jail.  A defendant will not have access to any of their personal property, which includes, money, credit cards, and cell phones.

The booking process will include the defendant being fingerprinted, a background check, warrant check, and being processed into the system.  The defendant will also be cross referenced in the nationwide criminal computer system, as well as also being updated into that system.

Once this part of the process has been completed, a defendant will be taken to a jail cell.  Some jails will have a payphone, otherwise, they will be given access to a phone at the jailer’s convenience.  Inmates are not permitted to receive phone calls or messages, so if you do receive a phone call from a loved one in jail, ensure you take down as much information as possible. In order to have a bail bond agency assist them, you will need to know what jail they are in, what they were charged with, and who else needs to be contacted in relation to the matter.

If the defendant is eligible for bail, this will be set during the booking process.  Bail bonds can not be finalized until the physical and computer processing is completed.  Once the booking is finished, the defendant can then look at release options. If you are going to use a bail bond agency, first gather the relevant information provided by the defendant during their phone call.  The bail bond agency will require this information to commence the release process.