Following Arrest

What Happens Following An Arrest

When someone has been charged with an offense in California, they will be transported to a local law enforcement station to be booked and processed. The time the booking process can take, will depend on the size of the jail, and how busy they happen to be. In some cases, they can be processed in about an hour, however, larger and busier locations, may require up to and even longer than twelve hours.

When arriving for the processing, procedure, an offender will be searched for illegal drugs and weapons. Their personal belongings will be taken and documented by an officer/jailer at the jail. The defendant will no longer have access to any of their personal property, while they are incarcerated. The booking procedure will include the offender being fingerprinted, background check, warrant check, along with being processed into the computer system. They will also be cross referenced in the nationwide criminal computer system, and also updated. Once this part of the process has been completed, the offender will be taken to a jail cell.

Some jails do have a payphone that the inmate can utilize for their one phone call, otherwise, they can be granted access to another telephone, but, at the jailer’s convenience. Inmates are not permitted to accept calls and/or messages from the outside, so in the event that you do get a phone call from a someone inside jail, be sure you get all the details that are relevant. In order for a bail bond company to assist them, you will need to know what jail they are being held in, what they were arrested for, plus who else needs to be contacted.

If the inmate can receive bail, it can be set up after the booking process. Bail bonds can’t be started prior to the booking process being finalized. Once the booking process is finished, the defendant is able to investigate their release options. If you are decide to use a bail bond company, make sure you have all the relevant details they need, ready.