If you’ve learned that a friend or family member has been arrested, it’s natural to want to get the defendant out of jail fast.
Many times, people ask a bondsman can go to the jail and post the bond right away.
What they don’t know is that the jail has a process that needs to be completed before anyone can post bail bonds. Once the defendant arrives at the jail, they will be photographed and they will have their fingerprints taken. They will also need to undergo a nationwide background and warrant check. On average, the background and warrant check will take between 4 and 6 hours to complete after the defendant has their fingerprints taken. No one is allowed to post bail bonds until the warrant check results are returned to the jail.
After the bond is posted, the jail will begin preparing the defendant’s release paperwork. On average, the release times from larger county jails can take between 4 and 6 hours. If the defendant was being held at a smaller police department or sheriff’s station jail, the release time can be as fast as 30 minutes.
For more information on how bail bonds work in California, call our office now at 888-224-5266 to speak with a licensed bondsman in your area.
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