When you find out someone you care for has been arrested and taken to the Elmwood Correctional Facility your entire world can feel as if it has been turned upside down. All you can think about is getting them out of jail fast. How long will they need to be in custody? Can the bondsman go the jail right away? You should know that even if the bail bonds process is started the moment the defendant was handcuffed it will still take between 8 and 12 hours for them to be released.
When someone is arrested in Santa Clara County they will be transported to jail in order to be booked into the system. Their bail will be set, their information will be entered into the computer system and they will have their mug shots and fingerprints taken. The jailer will then submit the prints to the Department of Justice (DOJ) in order for the defendant to undergo a national background check and warrant screen. The DOJ receives prints from every arrestee in the country and often takes them between 4 and 6 hours to return those results to the jail. The jailer will not allow any defendant to have a bond posted until this is done.
You will still want to start the bail bonds process as soon as you learn of the arrest. Some agents require you come into an office to fill out paperwork, others may be able to assist you with online bail bonds through fax and email. The bondsman you’re speaking with will start off by asking you several questions about the defendant including their name, bail amount if you know it and the nature of the crime they are being charged with. From there they will prepare a customized contract for you to fill out. This will take about 10 minutes to complete. Once this is done and payment has been arranged an agent will be dispatched to the jail to post the bond.
Many times people think the defendant will be released immediately after this happens. This is not the case. Bailing out of jail is not like checking out of a hotel. It will still take the jailer between 4 and 6 hours to process their release.
If you have additional questions about the arrest and bail bonds process at the Elmwood Correctional Facility we can help. Call Adelante Bail Bonds now at 408-899-5855 for a free, confidential consultation.