After someone is arrested, they are put through a process that is known as being “booked,” which places that suspect into the legal system. The individual is searched, photographed, and fingerprinted. Crucial information and notes about the incident that led to the arrest are recorded. The suspect’s background is looked at through a criminal records database to see if any prior arrests exist. The individual’s personal items are confiscated and recorded, which are given back upon release, assuming they are lawful possessions. After all of this, the individual is then placed in a holding cell, usually with other suspects who have been arrested, until bail has been posted.
Bail is the amount of money that is paid (either by a family member, friend, or most commonly, a bail bondsmen) in order to secure your appearance in court after getting released from jail. Each case is unique and various factors of bail, such as the amount, are usually determined based on the individual’s criminal past (any) and the extent of their alleged crime. Some individuals are not eligible for bail at all.