When a person is arrested and detained by a member of the Santa Paula Police Department you will want to do your best to remain calm. No one ever expects that a friend or loved one will be arrested. That news can be as shocking as it is stressful. At the time the defendant taken into custody they will be informed of their right to remain silent and their right to consult with an attorney. They will then be taken to the Ventura County Jail to begin the booking process. Their personal items will be taken and stored and their access to a telephone will be spotty after that point. If they are able to dial out and you are able to speak with them, be sure to write down the following information. Find out how long ago they were arrested, the nature of the crime they are being charged with, their booking number, correct spelling of their first and last name, date of birth and bail amount, if they know it.
The booking process often takes between 4 and 6 hours. This is largely due to the warrant check. When the defendant arrives to the jail they will have their mug shots and fingerprints taken. The jail sends the prints to the Department of Justice (DOJ) in order to have them undergo a national warrant screen. The DOJ receives thousands of sets of prints each day and it often takes them several hours to return the results to the jail. The jailer will not allow any bondsman to post a bond until this step is complete.
You will still want to contact a bondsman as early on as possible. This will help ensure your loved one gets out of jail fast. The process of arranging a bond is not nearly as complicated as you might assume. The bondsman will start off by asking you several questions about the defendant, where they live, if they rent or own and if they have a job. You will be asked a similar set of questions. From there a customized bail bonds agreement form will be drawn up. Some companies will require you come to their office to fill this out. Others can send the document to you via fax or email for faster service. Most people find that arranging online bail bonds by fax and email is the fastest and most convenient way to get someone out of jail. After the paperwork is complete and payment has been arranged a bondsman will be sent to the jail to post the bond.
The defendant’s release will not be immediate. Getting out of jail is not like checking out of a hotel. Much like it took several hours to process them in, it will also take another 4 to 6 hours to process them out. If the jail is slow, they may be released sooner. On the other hand, if it is very busy, it could take a little longer.