Arrest, Booking and Bail

When someone is arrested and taken to jail their first concern is how they can get out. Several things must happen before the authorities release an individual from jail. The process typically involves a “booking” process and a bail hearing that determines whether the person arrested may be released pending trial and set the bail amount. Once the accused has “posted bail” themselves or through a bail bond agent they are released. This section provides articles describing the arrest, booking, and bail process, with helpful information describing how bail bonds work, how amounts are determined, and how they can help to secure a person's release from jail.

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