Many people will call a bondsman as soon as their loved one has been arrested. “They are being placed into the back of a squad car right now. How fast can you get to the Vista Jail?”
If you have found yourself in this situation you will want to do your best to remain calm. Ask the officer what the defendant is being charged with and if they can provide you with an estimated bail amount. It is important to know that there are several things that will need to take place before the Vista Jail will be ready to accept a bond. The good news is that starting the bail bonds process early on will help ensure your loved one is released as fast as possible.
When a person is arrested they will need to be transported to station to be booked and processed. If the jail is busy the defendant may need to wait several hours until the jailer is ready for them. They will have their photographs and fingerprints taken. Their information will be typed into the computer. They will need to undergo a national warrant screen. The results of the warrant screen can take between 4 and 6 hours to process. The jailer will not allow any bondsman to post a bond until that paperwork comes back.
When the jailer is ready to accept a bond an expert agent will be dispatched to the Vista jail. You will want to know that being released from police custody is not like checking out of a hotel. The defendant will not walk out the door the second the bond is posted. Much like it takes several hours to process someone into the system, it will take an additional several hours to process them out. This could happen a bit faster if the jail is not busy.
The defendant will want to remember that just because they have been released from custody this is not to say their legal troubles are over. They will still need to go to court on a set date and time in order to resolve their case. If they are facing very serious charges they may need to make multiple appearances. It is important they attend all required hearings until the case is over.
If you have been notified that a friend or loved one has been booked into the Vista Jail and you have further questions about how bail works be sure to contact a knowledgeable bondsman in your area.