There are few things more distressing than finding out a friend or family member has been arrested; it’s natural for you to want to get them out of jail as quickly as possible.
What many people don’t realize, though, is that all defendants need to go through the CA jails booking process before they become eligible to be released on bail bonds.
- Transport and pre-booking. When someone is arrested they will be handcuffed, read their Miranda Rights and will be transported to the local jail. From there, they will need towait until it is their turn to be booked. If the facility is very busy and there are many people in line ahead of them, the jailer might not get to a defendant for several hours.
- Recording the alleged crime. The jailer will take not of the crime the defendant has been accused of and will record it in the police database. Sometimes, the arresting officer will do this for them, which can help speed up the paperwork process. The jailer will also ask the defendant to provide their full name, date of birth, occupation, home address and other similar information for the file.
- Photographs and fingerprints. Once the paperwork portion is complete the jailer will take the defendant’s photographs and fingerprints. The fingerprints are then submitted to a national crime database to make sure the arrested party doesn’t have any outstanding warrants. The warrant check can often take between 4 and 6 hours to complete and the jail will not allow anyone to post bail bonds until those results come back.
- Making phone calls. At some point, the defendant will have access to a phone to make outgoing calls; the “one phone call” rule is a myth. The arrestee will be able to make unlimited free outbound calls for a certain period of time, from there, if they want to dial out they will need to call collect.