When someone is arrested by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department or by a member of local law enforcement they will likely be transported to the Ventura County Main Jail and will need to be fully “booked in” to the system before the jail will accept a bond. It is during this time the defendant will have their fingerprints taken, they will undergo a national warrant screen and background check, their mug shots will be taken and their information will be entered into the computer system. The crime they are being charged with will also be cross referenced with something called the county bail schedule. Their bail will be set based on the severity of the crime, whether they have a prior history of arrest and whether they are considered to be a danger to society. The booking process can take anywhere between four and six hours, depending on how busy the jail is.
Unfortunately, once a bond has been posted that’s not to say the defendant will be immediately released. This process can also take another four to six hours. Things like inmate meal times, employee shift changes and booking in new arrestees all take precedence over releasing people from custody.
If someone you care for has just been arrested you will want to call a Ventura bail bondsman as quickly as possible. Although the Ventura bail bonds company you work with will not be able to speed up internal processes at the jail, they can make sure everything is in place so a bond can be posted as soon as they will take it.