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The Various Steps In the Booking Process

Last updated 5 years ago

If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, the last thing you want to worry about is legal process. After a law enforcement officer transports the suspect to a police station, he or she will likely go through a series of steps to comply with local law while taking someone into custody. While each jurisdiction varies slightly in its specific procedures, the following are common steps in the booking process.

Step 1: Recording the Crime in a Database

The first step in the booking process is to make a record of the arrest in a police database. The officer may have already completed this step during the time of arrest. If so, the suspect can be moved through the remainder of the process more efficiently.

Step 2: Taking Mug Shot and Fingerprints

Most jurisdictions will then ask the suspects to take a photo at the station and give their fingerprints. In locations with digital fingerprinting technology, these prints will be automatically crosschecked against other crimes and crime scenes present in police records.

Step 3: Confiscating Clothing and Personal Property

After the photograph is taken, the police may take away all personal property and clothing in favor of regulation-issue jail apparel. This is intended to ensure that the suspect does not bring any contraband or illegal substances into the police facility.

Step 4: Making One Phone Call

The final step of the booking process often involves the ability of a suspect to make one phone call to let someone know that that they are in trouble. If the defendant is eligible for bail, he or she may be able to ask a family member to come and bail them out that day or the following morning.

24 Seven Bail Bonds is a New Jersey company offering bonds in all of the state’s counties. If your loved one was recently booked for committing a crime, we may be able to help. Call our New Brunswick office today at (732) 418-2245 to learn how we can help you post bond.


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