How Bail Works

After someone is arrested, they are taken to the jail for processing. The process can usually take 1 to 8 hours, depending on workload and were they are being processed. After there booking process, bail will be set according to there offenses, including priors.

During the booking process, the detainee will be given an opportunity to call a family member or friend. It is at this time the importance of obtaining information which is critical to post bail. That is there booking name, jail they are at, booking number, and any other information they share with you.

The five most common methods of being released after an arrest are:


1. Citation Release – Law Enforcement officer issues a citation upon your signature, indicating the court, date and time for your appearance.

2. Own Recognizance (O.R.) – Involves a pre-trial release program administered by a county or police jail. The arrestee background is taken into consideration along with the offense to determine release without any form of bail.

3. Cash Bail – This release involves posting the full face amount of the bail in cash.

4. Property Bond – Upon courts acceptance, a lien is recorded on one’s property to secure release of an arrestee. Courts will request an appraisal and title search prior to posting.

5. Surety Bond (Bail Bond) – Most common method used involving a legal contract between an indemnitor (co-signer) and bail agency.


Deciding to post bail is in important financial decision, and WE are here to explain the process fully. Give us a call 805-639-0023, or toll free 1-877-955-2245.