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How Bail Works!

Every time someone is arrested in the city of Walnut, the arresting officer will take the arrestee to the Walnut Police Department, which is located at 21695 Valley Blvd Walnut, CA 91789, unless the inmate requires medical attention. Once at the jail, the defendant will have to go through the booking process before he or she is cleared for bail.


The first part of the booking process includes the gathering of the inmate’s information such as his or her name, date of birth, etc. The arrestee will also have to take a picture so that the jailer can input all of this information into the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s database. When all of the information has been added to the database, the jailer will then send the inmate to have his or her fingerprints taken via the LiveScan machine.


This step of the booking process could take anywhere from forty five minutes to a few hours to complete. The purpose of the LiveScan machine is to determine whether the inmate is wanted by any other department or agency in the country by sending his or her fingerprints to the Department of Justice who will then run it through their databases to determine any unknown information about the inmate. The jailer cannot legally clear an inmate for bail until he or she has received the results from the LiveScan machine.


In the meantime, one of our agents will call you to set up a place and time for you two to meet so that you could fill out all of the necessary paperwork for the bail bond process. When all the paperwork has been filled out, the agent will then contact the jailer to see if the defendant has been cleared for bail and will continue to do so until the inmate has been cleared for bail. Once the defendant is cleared for bail, our agent  will immediately post the bail and begin the jail release process, which could take anywhere from half an hour to a few hours depending on how busy the jail is at that time.


When the inmate is finally released from jail, the agent will have your loved one sign some paperwork and will hand one of you an official receipt for the bail bond. This receipt will have all of the defendant’s court information that he or she will need in the future. It is extremely important that the defendant goes to all of his or her court dates on time or the court will issue a bench warrant for the defendant. Once the defendant has completed all of his responsibilities for the case, the court will then exonerate the bond and your obligations to the bond are over.

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