When a person is arrested by a member of the Orinda Police Department you will want to contact an expert bondsman right away. This will help ensure the defendant can be released from custody as quickly as possible.
At the time that person is taken into custody they will be read their Miranda Rights and they will be placed into the back of the squad car. They will be informed they have the right to remain silent and that anything they say can and will be used against them in a court of law. The arresting officer will also let them know they have the right to consult with an attorney, and if they are unable to afford one one will be provided.
From there, they will be transported to either the Richmond Jail or to the Martinez Detention Facility to undergo booking. During this time their fingerprints and photographs will be taken. They will also have their information entered into the computer and their bail will be set. This is done by cross referencing the crime the defendant is being accused of against the county bail schedule. This document is set each year by a panel of judges. It lets the jailer know what bail amounts are to correspond with various crimes. Very serious crimes will have higher bail amounts than minor ones.
The jailer will then submit the fingerprints to the Department of Justice in order to have the defendant undergo a national warrant screen. The DOJ receives thousands of prints each day and it often takes them between 4 and 6 hours to get results back to the jail. The defendant will not be permitted to bond out until that happens. This is also the reason the booking process takes as long as it does.
You can contact an Orinda bondsman as soon as you learn the defendant has been arrested. That person will be able to help you understand how bail works and will be able to walk you through the steps needed in order to get that person out of jail fast. The cost to purchase a bond will be 10% of the total bail amount. That rate is set according to state law and it is uniform throughout California. No matter where a person is arrested the cost to arrange a bond will be the same.
There is a few pages of paperwork that will need to be filled out in order to get things started. In some cases the document can be faxed or emailed to your location for faster service. Once the paperwork is returned to the bondsman and payment arrangements have been finalized an agent will be dispatched to “post” the bond at the jail. You can expect the defendant to be released between 4 and 6 hours later, depending on how busy the jail is.
If you have any additional questions about how bail work be sure to ask your bondsman to clarify those points before you sign the contract.