Bail Process


Arrest is made
The accused is arrested and taken into custody. The defendant is processed.

The defendant is fingerprinted and photographed. The defendant will 
remain in custody and wait to see the Court Commissioner.

Bail Determination
When the defendant appears before the Commissioner, the bail amount will be set or the defendant will be released on their own recognizance. If there is a pre-set bail, the defendant will still have to appear before the Commissioner. The Commissioner can now change a pre-set bail amount. The Commissioner looks at the facts of the case and determines the amount of bail. The amount is determined by the severity of the charges, past FTA's (failure to appear), danger to the community and the risk of flight. If bail is not posted at the Commissioner's Office, the defendant will be transported to the Detention Center. 

Posting a Bail
We will meet you at the Commissioner’s Office or another desired location. The proper documents will be prepared and signed by you and our agent. The paperwork will be submitted to the Commissioner on duty. Once the paperwork is processed by the Commissioner, a "Release from Commitment" will be issued. 

Release of the Defendant 
The defendant will be released once the "Release from Commitment" is received by the proper authority. This can be hand delivered or faxed. The jurisdiction, where the defendant is being held, will determine the amount of time it will take to be released. It can take 10 minutes or 24 hours.