Following Arrest

What Happens After An Arrest

When someone has been charged with a criminal offense in California, they will be escorted to a nearby law enforcement station for processing and booking. Currently, the booking process time will depend on the size of the jail, and how busy they are. Some cases can be processed in around an hour, however, larger and busier locations, can take up to and even longer than twelve hours.

When arriving for processing, an offender will be searched for drugs and weapons. Their personal property will be taken and registered by an officer/jailer at the jail. The defendant will not have access to any of their personal property, including, money, credit card, or cell phone. The booking procedure will include the offender being fingerprinted, background check, warrant check, along with being processed into the computer system. The offender will also be cross referenced with the nationwide criminal computer system, and updated there as well. Once this part of the process is finalized, an offender will be taken to a jail cell.

Some jails will have a payphone that the offender can use for their one phone call, otherwise, an inmate can be granted access to another telephone at the jailer’s leisure. Inmates are not permitted to accept calls and/or messages, so if you do get a phone call from a someone inside prison, be sure you write down all details that are relevant. In order for a bail bond firm to assist them, you need to know what jail they are in, what they were arrested for, plus who else should be contacted in regards to the situation.

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