Bail bonds agents often get calls from people who want to get a recently-arrested loved one out of jail as fast as possible. The caller will say the defendant has just contacted them and that the jailer is done taking their fingerprints and photographs.
“Can you go down to the Elmwood jail and get them out right now,” they’ll ask. What most people don’t realize is that the booking process is more than just taking photographs and fingerprints. Once the fingerprints are collected the defendant will need to be checked for warrants and this is done by sending the prints to the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington DC. As you can imagine the DOJ gets prints from every jail across the U.S. 24-hours a day and it usually takes them 4-6 hours to process those results.
Bail bonds companies are not permitted to post bail bonds for a defendant until their warrant check is complete.