My friend was arrested about 20 minutes ago. Can I just have the bondsman meet him down at the station, so we can get him out right away? I want to get this done fast.
Unfortunately, that’s not quite how this works. When someone is arrested, they’ll be transported to the local jail, at which time they will need to be booked into the system. They’ll be interviewed by the jailer and they’ll be asked to provide basic contact info – their full name, address and date of birth.
From there, they’ll be photographed and fingerprinted and they’ll need to undergo a national background check so they can be screened for outstanding warrants. The first part of this process can sometimes be handled quickly, but as a rule of thumb, the warrant check takes anywhere from 4 to 6 hours to complete after the defendant is fingerprinted. The jail will not allow anyone to post bail bonds until their warrant check comes back.
Once the bail bonds are posted, it will take the jail additional time to prepare the defendant’s release paperwork. The release time will vary based on the size of the jail (smaller jails tend to release people faster than larger ones) and how busy the jail is.
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