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What happens after a person has been arrested?


Once a person has been arrested, they must be booked by the arresting agency.. The booking process verifies the identification of the person in custody and checks for outstanding warrants nationwide.

Once the person has been booked, there are a five possible options for their release:

1. Citation Release - The person in custody may be released on a citation with a promise to appear in court. This is form of release is usually for out of county misdemeanor warrants where the arresting agency assigns a court date for the individual upon their release.
2. Own Recognizance (O.R) - The person in custody is released with a promise to appear. This form of release is used for non-violent offenders who will be appearing within the local county or local jurisdiction where the alleged crime occurred.

3. Cash Bail - The individual posts the entire of the bail with the jail for release. This form of release is primarily used for bail amounts under $1000.00. We do not recommend posting cash bail for amounts over a $1000.00. For example, if the defendant fails to appear in court, then you may have additional out of pocket costs to prevent the cash bail from from being forfeited to the county.

4. Bail Bond (Surety Bond) - The alternative to cash bail is the posting of a surety bond which is also known as a bail bond. How a bail bond works involves a contractual undertaking guaranteed by an admitted insurance company having adequate assets to satisfy the face value of the bond. Apollo Bail Bonds, Inc. guarantees to the court that they will pay the bond forfeiture if a defendant fails to appear for the designated court appearances. Apollo Bail Bonds, Inc. guarantee is made through a surety company such as Bankers Insurance Group.

For this service, the defendant is charged a premium. To be released by posting a bail bond, the defendant or a relative or a friend, will usually contact Apollo Bail Bonds, Inc, an agency licensed by the State of California to post bail bonds. Before a bond is posted, we will interview the proposed guarantor of the bail bond, as well as the defendant and relatives of the defendant, as part of the approval procedure for the bond.

By involving family and friends, as well through the acceptance of collateral, Apollo Bail Bonds can be assured the defendant being released on a bail bond will appear at his/her designated court date, as required, until the case is completed.

Once an agreement is made, we will complete the application and post the bail bond for the full amount of the bail to guarantee the defendant's return to court.

Once a defendant is released on a bail bond posted by Apollo Bail Bonds, Inc. they will meet with an agent to be interviewed and go over the terms and conditions of bail. At Apollo Bail Bonds, we strive to make this process as simple as possible. All we ask is for defendants to communicate and be courteous. We offer the comfort of not being in jail while your case is adjudicated!

5. Property Bond - Depending on the court jurisdiction an individual may obtain release from custody by posting a property bond with the court. Here a court records a lien on property, to secure the bail amount. If the defendant fails to appear in court of his/her designated date, the court may start foreclosure proceedings against the property to obtain the forfeited bail amount
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