HOW BAIL BONDS WORK
In the city of West Los Angeles, when someone is arrested and taken into custody, the arrestee will be taken to the West Los Angeles Police Department, which is located at 1663 Butler Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025. Once at the jail, the arrestee will have to undergo the booking process, which is used to organize all of the inmates at the jail and will help determine if the arrestee has ever been arrested before.
The jailer will have an officer take all of the arrestee’s personal belongings and put them in a safe place for the remainder of the time that the defendant spends in the jail. After the arrestee has changed into the jail clothing, the jailer will input all of his or her information into the database for future reference. Once that step is completed the defendant will be sent to have his or her fingerprint’s scanned with the LiveScan Machine. This machine is used to determine if the inmate has any outstanding warrants or is wanted by any other agency by running the defendant’s fingerprints through the Department of Justice’s database. Once the fingerprints have been scanned, the machine will send the jailer the results and he or she will determine if the inmate can be cleared for bail.
In the state of California, no bail bondsman can legally bail out an inmate until he or she is cleared for bail. However, while our bondsman waits for the inmate to be cleared, he or she will contact you and set up a time and place for you two to meet so that you could fill out all of the necessary paperwork for the bail bond. When all of the paperwork is finished, our agent at West Los Angeles Bail Bonds will immediately go to the jail and post the bond.
This ensures that the defendant will be released from jail in the shortest amount of time possible. When the agent gets to the jail, he or she will hand the bail bond into the jailer, who will verify all of the information before accepting the bond. When the jailer accepts the bond, he or she will tell the agent the estimated time before the inmate is released and will begin the process. After the inmate has been released from jail and is in your custody, our agent will have the defendant fill out some paperwork needed to complete the bond before you could take the defendant back to his or her home.
Once all of that paperwork is completed, the agent will hand one of you an official bail bond receipt as well as copies of the other documents that you signed. This receipt will contain all of the defendant’s arrest information and all of the court information of where and when to show up to court to handle the charges from the arrest. It is very important that the defendant shows up to all of his or her court dates or the court will issue a bench warrant for his or her arrest.