The news that someone you care for has been arrested by the Ventura Police Department can come as a huge shock to their system. Many people have never been in this type of situation before.
The only thing they you concentrate on is getting the defendant out of jail fast. On the other hand, this information can be so unnerving that it can be difficult to think straight.
If you have found yourself in this situation the first thing you will want to do is take a deep breath. Try your best to remain calm. If the defendant is able to call you be sure to grab a pen and piece of paper. Take down as much information as you can.
The Ventura county jail is not like a hotel. People who are in custody do not have ready access to a phone. The defendant may only be able to call you once. It is important to remember that the jail will not allow you to call in. Staff will not take a message for detainees.
Try to remind them that they have the right to remain silent. In many cases a defendant will try to explain themselves to police because they think it will help their case. It will not. Anything they say can and will be used against them in court.
They should only provide basic information as asked. This may include their full name, date of birth, address and social security number. They should not discuss anything about the alleged crime and/or the circumstances relating to how police came to take them into custody.
Ask the defendant the nature of the crime they have been accused of, their bail amount, the correct spelling of their name and their booking number, if they know it. Let them know that you will do your best to get them out of jail as fast as possible.
You will then want to begin the process of hiring a local bondsman.
If you know an attorney you might consider asking them if they can refer you to a reputable company. If you know someone who has needed to hire a bondsman in the past, they might also be able to point you in a good direction.
In the absence of a word-of-mouth referral, you can always turn to the company’s website. Many will have a section for client testimonials. These can be a great resource when it comes to determining the type and level of customer service the employees will provide.
For more information regarding how to handle a loved one getting arrested by a member of the Ventura Police be sure to contact a local bondsman you can trust.