You or someone you know has just been arrested. This is a confusing and
scary process, but understanding what is going on can help you feel a
little better as you continue through the system. At the first available
moment you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in
your area. They can help you through the system.
When you are taken to the jail, the arresting officer will fill out the
necessary paperwork. As you have probably figured out, this is not going
to be a fast process. This could take between twenty and ninety minutes.
Next, you are then “booked” into the county jail
. This is the procedure when they inventory your property; take your mug
shot and fingerprints. This procedure could take up to two hours.
At this point your fingerprints are compared with the Florida Department
of Law Enforcement’s data base to verify your identity, and to make
sure there are no other outstanding warrants for you, and to see if you
are who you say you are. This check can take between thirty minutes to
If there are no other holds, you will be cleared to bond out by posting
a bail bond yourself, or having a bonding agent do it on your behalf.
The jail will approve of your release. This can take between thirty minutes
to three hours.
You can see this process is thorough and may take a while. When you have
been released it is important for you to immediately contact an experienced
criminal defense attorney.