Booking In Raleigh Jail: The First Step After the Arrest

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Booking In Raleigh Jail: The First Step After the Arrest

Hands of a man in jail

Hands of a man in jailAnyone facing an arrest would naturally be frightened. The reality that you are going to a Raleigh jail unleashes a flood of worries and uncertainties – what’s going to happen, and do you know the next step or your next move? These fears are often so overwhelming, that you barely give the booking process a thought.

During an arrest, the first concern – and, understandably so – is how you can get out. But before you can even think of posting bail or getting out of jail, you have to first go through the booking process, which is a multiple step procedure in which authorities take down all of your information.

The Booking Process: What It Entails

The booking process checks your identity and records your personal information and the nature of your crime into the jail system. Because of the multiple steps involved, typical booking processes take at least an hour or more than five hours (if the process is at its slowest).

When undergoing the booking, local authorities will most likely do the following:

  • Take down your name, as well as the nature of your crime
  • Take your mug shot
  • Match the mug shot with the booking record
  • Take fingerprint samples
  • Run fingerprints through criminal databases; take DNA samples
  • Body search (you will be required to strip down and surrender you personal clothing, which police will replace with mandatory jail outfits)
  • Search for evidence of physical altercations with the police, or for priors, or for outstanding warrants of arrest
  • Interrogation for possible gang affiliations or other outside relationships


When You Want to Get Out of Jail

Fortunately, you need not sit in jail while you wait for trial. The court offers multiple ways to obtain temporary release; two of the most popular include being released on your own recognizance or on paying bail.

Release due to your Own Recognizance (O.R.) is bail minus the money. The court will ask you to provide them with a written promise, guaranteeing your appearance in court. To ensure your return, the judges will put certain conditions on the O.R., which includes the regular visits and check-ins from probation officers.

The O.R. Privilege, however, is for special cases only. Getting released on bail is your biggest chance of getting out of jail. Judges set the amount according to your criminal history and the severity of the crime. If you can’t afford it, Raleigh bail bonds agents are here to help.

When it comes to getting bail in tight situations, Winston Bail Bonding is here to help. Get in touch with us today and see how we can be of assistance.


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