When someone is arrested in Downey, they will be taken to a local law enforcement station for processing and booking. They may be taken to a local police department or sheriff’s station where there is a holding facility or jail. You can contact Downey Bail Bonds and we can provide help in Downey with bail bonds.
The Downey booking process can take a considerable amount of time, depending on the size of the jail and how busy the station may be. Sometimes booking is done within an hour, sometimes several hours. Generally, the larger the jail, the longer the booking process takes. For example, large county jails, like the Men’s Central Jail or Santa Ana Jail, may take up to or in excess of 12 hours for processing an arrestee into the system. These two jails are particularly significant because arrestees in Los Angeles County and Orange County will likely be taken or transferred to these jails if they are not bailed out of smaller jails quickly.
The work involved on the part of the jail staff to get the individual processed is considerable. The entire process can be time consuming and frustrating. In smaller jails the arrest processing can be done within an hour, some of the larger jails can 12 hours or more. When someone is arrested on the weekend, at night, during turbulent times, meal times or shift changes, booking can be expected to take longer. The first goal of the jail is to keep everyone safe.
If the defendant is eligible for bail, it will be set during the booking process. The computer systems need to update after the jailer has done all of this work. A bail bond cannot be completed until physical and computer processing has been complete. After they have been booked, the defendant has several options for release.
After the individual has been booked, they may be released from jail on bail bond or otherwise or they may be held until arraignment if no bail is posted. Arraignment generally takes place within two business days. For example, someone arrested on Thursday night would generally be arraigned on the following Monday.