My roommate was arrested in Millbrae and her bail has been set at $5,000. What will happen to her if she isn’t able to post bail? How long will she be in jail?
This all depends on the jail. Jails throughout California are currently overcrowded and people who have a low bail amount are often cited out. Once they are fully booked into the system and their fingerprint screen results come back, the jailer may write them a citation and have them promise to come back to court on a set date and time. On the other hand, if your roommate has a prior history of arrest or if she was violent or confrontational with the arresting officer or jail staff, they may require a bond be posted.
When someone is in custody the system will have up to three business days to get them into court. During this time they will have the chance to plead guilty or not guilty. Sometimes judges release people from court, sometimes they send them back to jail. There is also a chance the defendant’s bail amount could be raised, lowered or kept the same. This is entirely up to the judge.
It is hard to say exactly how long your roommate will be in jail. What we can tell you is that when someone is arrested by an officer from the Millbrae Police Department, most people choose to hire a bondsman rather than wait to be seen by a judge.
If you have questions about how bail bonds work in Millbrae call 650-227-3547 now to speak with an expert bondsman you can trust.