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how bail works


When someone is arrested in the city of Long Beach, he or she will most likely be taken to the Long Beach Police Department to complete the booking process. The booking process consists of several steps that ensure that the police know who has been arrested and if that person has been arrested before.


When the defendant arrives at the jail, he or she will be met by an officer on duty, who will confiscate all personal belongings that the defendant has on them, including their clothing. The officer will then issue the inmate a pair of jail clothing that will be worn as long as he or she is at the jail. The jailer will then ask the inmate a series of questions to determine the identity of the defendant and will input all of this information into the system for future reference.


The defendant will also have to take a photo and will be given a booking number, which will all be a way to look up this exact arrest and everything associated with the defendant regarding the case. After all of that, the jailer will send the inmate to have his or her fingerprints scanned, which is done via the LiveScan machine. This machine is directly connected to the Department of Justice and allows the jailer to determine if the inmate has any outstanding warrants or is wanted by any other department in the country. The jailer cannot legally clear any inmate for bail until he or she has received the results from the fingerprint scan.


This means that no bail bondsman will be able to bail out an inmate until the jailer has received the results from the fingerprint scan. While the jailer awaits the results, our agent at Long Beach Bail Bonds will meet with you to fill out all of the paperwork necessary for a bail bond. When all of the paperwork has been filled out and the defendant has been cleared for bail, our agent will immediately turn the bond in at the jail that is holding the defendant and will begin the jail release process. The time to complete the jail release process will differ depending on the jail you are at, but it usually takes anywhere from half an hour to several hours. After the defendant is released from jail, our agent will be waiting in the police department and will explain all of the defendant’s responsibilities in order to take care of the bail bond and charges for the arrest.


Our agent will then hand one of you an official bail bond receipt, which will have the defendant’s arrest information and his or her court information. It is extremely important that you and your loved one understand how important showing up to court is. If the defendant decides to not show up to his or her assigned court dates, then the court will issue a bench warrant and have your loved one arrested again.


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