What To Expect After An Arrest And How To Get Out Of Jail

The sooner a loved one can be released from jail, the better. Jail is bad for several reasons. Jails tend to be dangerous, unhealthy, noisy, and generally extremely unpleasant places. Your loved one will find it challenging to work on their case to prove their innocence from behind bars. The best way to help your loved one is to understand what is happening to them and how to get them released. Read on to find out more. 

The Booking Process

Here are some things you can expect during the booking and bail process for your loved one who has been arrested:

  • Booking: This is the process of entering the arrestee into the jail's system. It typically includes taking fingerprints, photographs, and a mugshot. The arrestee will also be asked to provide personal information, such as their name, address, and date of birth.
  • Determining bail: The amount of bail will be set by a judge. Bail is a sum of money that is paid to the court to ensure that the arrestee will appear for their court dates. If the arrestee does not appear for their court dates, the bail money will be forfeited.
  • Cash bail: This is the most common way to post bail. The full amount of bail must be paid in cash.
  • Bail bond: This is a surety bond that is posted by a bail bondsman. The bail bondsman will charge a fee, typically a percentage of the bail amount.
  • Release: Once bail has been posted, the arrestee will be released from jail.

What a Bail Bond Agency Can Do to Help  

A bail bond can help your loved one get out of jail quickly and affordably. A bail bondsman will post the bail for your loved one and you will only have to pay a small fee (usually the fee is known as a premium), typically a low percentage of the bail amount. This is often much more affordable than posting cash bail. For example, the full bail charged by the jail might be several thousands of dollars. If the bail fee is 10%, you would only have to pay a hundred dollars per thousand of the original bail. Know that bail bees vary and are regulated by the state.

If your loved one has been arrested, it is important to understand the booking and bail process. A bail bondsman can help you get your loved one out of jail quickly and affordably. To find out more about bail and bail bonds, speak to a bail bonding agency in the area your loved one is being held.