When someone is arrested they will first need to be booked and processed and the arresting agency, often the San Jose Police Department or the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department, will transport the defendant to the San Jose jail. The officer will remove their personal items, such as wallets, cell phones and purses, and store them safely in a clear plastic bag.
The defendant will have their fingerprints and pictures taken. Their information will be entered into the computer system and they will undergo a national warrant screen and background check. During this time, the crime they have been charged with will be checked against the Santa Clara County bail schedule.
The county bail schedule is set each year by a panel of Superior Court judges and it lists different bail amounts for different crimes. Serious crimes have higher bail amounts than less serious crimes. Other factors, such as whether the defendant has ties to the community, whether they are considered to be a risk to the general public and whether they have a prior history of arrest are also taken into consideration when bail is being set.
The booking process can take anywhere between four and six hours depending on how busy the jail is and a defendant cannot have bail posted until this step is complete.
If you have been notified someone you care for has been arrested one of the first things you will want to do is to call an expert Santa Clara bail bondsman as quickly as possible. Although they do not have the ability to speed up internal processes at the jail they can help make sure the defendant’s bond is posted as soon as the jail will accept it.