There are few things more shocking than getting a phone call from someone who is being held at the Santa Rita Jail. The idea that someone you care for has been arrested can have your entire world feeling as if it has been turned on its end.
In a situation like this you will want to do your best to remain calm. This will not be easy.
If the defendant is able to call you will want to assume that this is the only time you will be able to speak with them. If the jail is busy there may be dozens of other people who are in line to use the phone. There is also a chance that the jailer may move your loved one to a place that does not have phone access. You won’t be able to call in and jail staff does not relay messages.
Try to get as much information as you can. You will want to ask:
- How long ago were you arrested?
- What have you been charged with?
- How do I spell your first and last name?
- What’s your date of birth?
- How much is your bail?
- Do you know your booking number?
You will also want to ask them if there is anyone they need you to call. Do they need you to contact a spouse or parent? If they have children, do you need to arrange rides home from daycare, school or sports practice? Does the defendant need you to call them off work and if yes, what is the name of the person they report to? Are there any important appointments that you need to cancel?
Remind the defendant that they have the right to remain silent. Tell them to not discuss any of the details of their case with the jailer or anyone else. All of this information could be used against them in court. You will also want to let them know that you are doing everything you can to get them out of jail fast.
After all this is done you will want to start the process of arranging Santa Rita Jail bail bonds. Some people start their search online while others turn to the Yellow Pages. If you know a criminal defense attorney they might be able to provide you with a referral. The same goes for anyone who has used a bondsman before.
Getting someone out of jail is not nearly as complicated as you might think. In some cases the bondsman can send you the required paperwork by fax or email. This can be especially convenient if it is late at night or if you are unable to leave work.
For more information on how bail works or what questions you should ask a defendant who calls you from inside the Santa Rita Jail be sure to contact an expert local bondsman you can trust.