If you’re arrested, you probably have one big question: “How can I get out of jail as soon as possible?” There are a couple of different ways you could be released, but odds are that it won’t be free.
Booking and testing happens at the nearest police department upon detention. You will be fingerprinted, and you will be running background checks and warrant checks. During a scan for guns, it preserves and catalogs the possessions. You are then placed into a cage. You might have to make instant phone calls or you may have to wait. Be willing to take some time for this.If you’re looking for more tips, bail me out of jail has it for you.
A few different items will happen after you book:
- You should be issued uncharged.
- You can get released on Own Acknowledgment (OR)
- You can get a Release of Citation (or cite)
- You will be arraigned and bail will be set (a formal reading of the charges being pressed).
Two to three choices are the “get out of jail free” tickets. The first is the better case situation-because no complaints are being filed, you are free to go. The second, Own Identification (aka OR), is often used for minor offences. You are excluded from the court with a signed commitment to appear. The third, Citation Release, is to appear in court on a given date when you are given a citation, or ticket. Usually this is the case with road offences.
If formal charges are brought, and bail is set, it is not cheap to get out of prison. The bail scheme is a means of knowing you are turning up for a court hearing. Bail levels are legally based. The appropriate sum may be compensated in one of three forms.
- Money (most prisons do not allow cash or debit cards). You keep the money before you testify in custody. The whole amount is refunded to the person who paid it after the trial, possibly less some processing fees.
- Bond to Land. Real estate is used instead of cash as leverage, but equity in the land must be at least 150 per cent of the bail sum. The cycle is like a house purchase. This will take weeks, and the entire time you are in prison. When you are not present at the case , the court will foreclose the land.
- Bonds or Bail. You, or a partner, member of a family or solicitor, can call a bail bondman to get help paying the whole cost. Usually the bondsman will require some personal information about you, your history and the charges against you to assess the risk involved-they want to know if you’re likely to skip town before the trial. The organization would demand a non-refundable up-front deposit, which is a portion of the entire bail cost, whether they expect you’ll turn up. (The percentage is prescribed by state law.) When the bondman thinks that you are a danger, you (or whoever puts up the money) will have to have some form of collateral beyond the charge. Paperwork may be done via fax or e-mail, mostly. The bondman immediately returns to the prison and holds bail on your behalf. Lucky you — in just a few hours you may potentially be out of jail.
Upon posting bail, you’ll be released until your court date. Keep in mind that it is the responsibility of anyone who pays your bail to make sure you show up for the trial, and bail bond companies take that very seriously.