If you have never been asked to help arrange bail bonds in San Mateo you are likely unfamiliar with the proces. Sometimes people will call our office saying their loved one has just been placed into the back of a patrol car, and will ask if we can send an agent to the jail right away. We tell them we can help them get paperwork started but there are several steps that need to be completed before the jail will accept a bond.
First, the defendant will need to be booked and processed. During this time they will have their mugshots and fingerprints taken, their information will be entered into the computer system, their bail will be set and they will be subject to a national warrant screen and background check. The results from the warrant screen frequently take several hours to come back and the jail will not allow bail bonds to be posted until this step is complete.
After bail bonds in San Mateo have been posted the defendant will be released in about 4 to 6 hours. It will not be immediate. Bailing out of jail is not like checking out of a hotel, and the jail will need to process the bond before they can release the defendant from custody. If you have been informed someone you care for has just been arrested, the average time they will be in custody will range between 8 and 12 hours.
If you have additional questions about the arrest process in San Mateo County, call our office now at 650-227-3547 to speak with a licensed bail bondsman.