When a person is first arrested it is not uncommon for a friend or family member to call a bondsman the second the defendant is being placed into the back of the police car. They want to know if an agent can meet them at the Santa Rita Jail right away. They want their loved one to be released from custody as fast as possible.
What most people don’t know is that there are a number of things the jail needs to do before they will allow anyone to post bail bonds. When the defendant is arrested they will need to be booked and processed. Their fingerprints and photographs will have to be taken, their bail amount will need to be set and their information will have to be entered into the computer. The jailer will then submit that person’s fingerprints to the Department of Justice (DOJ) in order to have them undergo a national warrant screen and background check. It usually takes between 4 and 6 hours for those results to come back and no one will be allowed to post a bond until they are returned.
As soon as the jailer indicates the defendant is clear for bail, a bondsman can be dispatched to the jail. Getting released from custody is not like checking out of a hotel. The release is not immediate. It often takes several hours for the bond to be processed.
If you have additional questions about the arrest and booking process at the Santa Rita Jail call Adelante Bail Bonds now at 510-291-4169. Someone is here to take your call 24-hours a day.