When someone is arrested in California, the defendant will be handcuffed, read their rights, placed into the back of a squad car and transported to the local jail to begin the booking process.
Once they arrive, the jailer will begin their paperwork. The defendant will be asked to provide their full name, date of birth, social security number, home address and provide information about the type of work they do. It is best practice to be as honest and straight forward as this point.
The defendant will also have their photographs (or mug shot) and finger prints taken. The information is sent to the Department of Justice to undergo a national warrant check. Once this is completed, their bail amount will be set based on the nature and severity of the charges they’ve been accused of.
The booking and intake process generally takes between 4 and 6 hours and the defendant will not be able to post bail bonds until every step has been completed.
Original article: How The Arrest And Booking Process Works
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