If your loved one happens to get arrested it may be a stressful and difficult time, especially if it seems he or she may not be available for immediate release. In this case, you may need knowledge about the booking process. Here are a few little known steps in the jail booking process you should know.
The arrestee will be handcuffed, read Miranda Rights, and taken to local law enforcement agency for processing and booking. The booking process involves paperwork recording the alleged crime. Your “mugshot” will be taken, fingerprints, background and warrants checked. After the booking process you may then make a phone call.
A full body search is often part of the booking process to prevent weapons and drugs from entering the facility. A full body search is legal even for relatively minor offenses like traffic violations.
Information of the detainee will be entered into a nationwide database maintained and accessible to FBI, local, state and federal police agencies. Background and warrants will be checked cross states.
Detainees with pending warrants are usually not released on bond. It takes up to 6 hours for the process of the warrant check. Detainees will not be released until records for background and warrants are clean.
Some booking officers allow suspects to keep small personal items.
The detainee will not have access to cell phones, money, or credit card.
Health Screening is given to all detainees during the booking process. These screenings are used to help protect the inmates and jailers from tuberculosis, STD’s and AIDS. Suspects may also have to give DNA samples.
Having one phone call in jail is a myth that’s been around forever. The detainee will be able to make outbound unlimited phone calls for a certain amount of time. This also changes after time to collect calls.
There are times when people have warrants for their arrest and they don’t even know it. While minor offenses usually do not result in an arrest, it’s possible that a warrant is issued for forgetting about an obligation such as appearing in court or paying a ticket.
If you have any doubt about your status involving a warrant, you should take care of it as soon as possible. Avoiding the problem will not make it go away and can even make the matter worse. Below are three ways to approach to issue to find out if there is a warrant for your arrest.
Run a search on your county’s website
Although not all county websites have a warrant search feature, it is a great place to start. Check the “legal” or “health and safety” section. If you still can’t find it, check your local country sheriff or city police department website. If you still can’t find it but want to keep searching online, try a paid service that taps into a broader database.
Check with the County Clerk or Courthouse
The County Clerk and the County Courthouse both keep records on its residents and may be able to help you. Keep in mind that either way if there’s a warrant for your arrest they may immediately notify the police to have you arrested.
Talk with a police officer
Checking with a police officer is one of the fastest ways to find out if you have an outstanding warrant, since he or she can check their database. Again, if you do have a warrant, it can lead to you getting arrested instantly. Paying fines to the Court can avoid an arrest.