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How does the pretrial release process work?

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How does the pretrial release process work?

When someone is arrested the first thing that happens is you will be taken to a police department, booked and processed.
Next, a police officer will gather information about you, which will include your name, date of birth and address, etc.
You will be charged with a crime, your fingerprints will be taken, a criminal history background check will be completed, and you will have a mug shot taken. Your personal property will also be taken by the police at that time until you are released from jail.

At this time, (in states that operate with commercial bail), a determination is made as to the type of pretrial release that will be considered based on the severity of the charge.

For low level offenses, defendants are often cited and released or released on their own recognizance, also known as a promise to appear.

On more serious charges, the bail amount is often set by an official of the court using a bail schedule (a pre-established range of bail amounts by charge category) maintained by that jurisdiction.
Once the bail amount has been set, the defendant can now exercise their right to post bail.
In most cases you will be allowed to make at least one phone call, Typically, the defendant enlists the help of family and friends to work with a 3rd party bail bond agent to post their bond for a small fee (premium).
These stipulations ensures that the defendant will appear at all court proceedings and adhere to any other conditions set by the court.
If bail can’t be posted at that time, you should not be held more then 48 hours. Within 48 hours you should be able to have a bail hearing (arraignment) and the judge will decide what the bail, if any, will be set at. The judge will consider your criminal history, ties to the community, and if you have previous charges for failing to appear to a court hearing.

Once the defendant appears at all court proceedings and the case has been adjudicated, the bond is then discharged by the court releasing the financial responsibility of the bail bond agency based on the completion of the case.

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