The Booking Process: What to Expect

If you’re lucky, you’ve never been arrested and your knowledge of the booking process goes no further than what you’ve seen on television.  But it can happen. You may not think that you’ll ever be arrested but on one can ever say for sure.  

You’re brought to the police station or jail.  What happens next? What can you expect when you’ve been arrested?

They record your info.  Your full name, address, etc. as well as the crime(s) that you were arrested for.

You are photographed.  They take your mugshot and your height.  A mugshot can be helpful to investigators or the defendant depending on the circumstances because it shows your condition when you were arrested.  Were there any marks or scratches that may be important to the case?

They take your personal property.  This includes the clothes you’re wearing.  It will all be given back to you after your trial.  If your clothing is considered evidence, it will be held with other evidence in your case.  They’ll take any illegal items you may have and you won’t get them back. In fact, you’ll probably face further charges if you’re carrying anything illegal when you’re arrested.  

They fingerprint you.  Using a computer, they fingerprint you and add it to the FBI’s national database as a record for the crime for which you were arrested where it can be searched for involvement in any other crimes.  They may also take a hair, saliva, or blood sample for the same purpose.

They search you.  You may have to undergo a full-body search.  They don’t do this for everyone but they have the right to do it if you’ve been arrested and are being put in jail.

They look for warrants.  They check their database to make sure you don’t have any outstanding warrants.  If they find any, you may not be released from jail or you may have to take care of any fines first.  

They give you a physical exam.  They need to make sure you don’t need medical attention.  They also need to check you for any communicable diseases that could endanger the rest of the prison or jail population.

You go to jail.

While you are being booked for a crime, you should be polite and cooperative.  This does not mean you have to answer questions about your case. When you were arrested, you were read your Miranda Rights that included the right to remain silent.  Do that.

Not long after you’ve been booked, you will be brought before a judge to determine whether or not you will be allowed to be released on bail.  If you can’t afford bail, a bail bond agent can help you. For a 10% non-refundable fee, you can be released on bond and return home to your family.

1st Knight Bail Bonds can help if you’ve been arrested.  We’re available 24/7 to answer your call and to begin the bail bond process as soon as possible.  Call 1st Knight Bail Bonds today at (727) 538-7727 and we’ll get you back home quickly.