You may be surprised to learn that not all Millbrae PD arrest charges will require bail bonds. Persons who are accused of very minor offenses, such as being drunk in public, will likely be released on their own recognizance.
These defendants will still be booked into the San Mateo County Jail. They will be photographed, their information will be entered into the computer and they will need to pass a nationwide warrant screen. The warrant screen is usually what holds up the booking process. Those results can take between 4 and 6 hours to process. A defendant will not be eligible for release until this step is complete.
When a person is freed on their own recognizance you will not need to hire a Millbrae PD bondsman. The defendant will simply need to promise to go to court when they are supposed to.
In other cases the person in custody may be released on a cite out. People who are cited out are usually never taken into custody. If they are transported to jail they will need to be booked and processed. In either situation the jail will issue the accused a written citation. The citation will have information about their court date. The defendant will not need to hire a bondsman.
There are many offenses in which a defendant will not be freed on their own. For example, persons who are charged with domestic violence will often have their bail set at $25,000 or $50,000. In this case you will want to contact a Millbrae PD bondsman. For a fee equal to 10% of the bail amount this person will post a piece of paper at the jail. It promises two things. One, that the defendant will go to court and two, that if this person skips town and can’t be located within 180 days, the bondsman and the person who cosigned the bail bonds agreement form will be liable to pay the full bail amount.
People who are charged with armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and grand theft auto will also want to contact an expert Millbrae PD bondsman. If a defendant is not bonded out they will be arraigned within three business days. It is important to remember that nights and weekends do not count as business days.
On the day of their arraignment they will be placed on a bus and taken to court. They will appear before the judge in their orange jumpsuit and will plead guilty or not guilty. There are no guarantees that they will be released from court.
Defendants who post bail bonds will often have their first court date pushed back by about a month. This will give them time to prepare their case and to contact an attorney if they so choose. It will also allow them to appear dressed more appropriately.
If you have additional questions about the benefits of working with a Millbrae PD bondsman be sure to contact a licensed agent in your area.