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Booking and Release process — Knowing how it works can help you avoid mistakes
Booking and Bail in California
Whether a person has been arrested for domestic violence, DUI, DWI or any other offense the process is the same. Persons taken into custody by the Desert Hot Springs Police or Sheriff’s Department will be held at either the Desert Hot Springs Police Station Jail, Sheriff’s Station Jail or will be transfered to the Riverside County Jail (IRC) and will be kept there until their first court date called the “Arraignment.” Bail is allowed to be posted in any facility 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.
Before a bail bond is turned in and accepted, the arrestee must pass a background check through “Live Scan”, which is a machine that is linked to a county, state and national database. That database will notify the authorities of any possible holds, warrants, or aliases that might prevent release or increase the total bail amount of an arrestee. Once the results of the Live Scan come back from the various government agencies, that person is then “cleared” to bond out. At this time, a jailor will review and accept a Bail Bond for an arrestee and release them on the Bail Bond.
From the time a Bail Bond is turned in, it takes between 30 minutes and 3 hours for a release depending on the facility where the person is being held. Release times do vary based on the workload of the Desert Hot Springs jail’s staff as well as the type of facility. Once out, a person will need to complete his or her part of the paper work, take a picture, and make sure to show up to each and every court date thereafter. It is recommended that you hire a Desert Hot Springs criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
More About Desert Hotsprings, CA
The Desert Hot Springs Police Department was established in 1997 after residents complained to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department about being underserved by a part-time deputy from the Palm Desert regional station. The police department is headed by Desert Hot Springs Police Chief Patrick Williams who was hired in 2006. Williams in credited with a significant drop in the city’s crime rate. Desert Hot Springs is unique among California cities in that it has continued to hire sworn police officers while other California cities are cutting reducing their police forces over budget concerns. The city has hired 12 additional officers in the last two years (2009/2010).
In two separate municipal ballot measures, Desert Hot Springs residents approved a utility users tax and a public safety tax by majorities of over 75 percent. Both measures provide added funding to the police department and other public safety services.
The City contracts out for fire protection and emergency medical services (EMS) with the Riverside County Fire Department through a cooperative agreement with CAL FIRE California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Riverside County Fire Station 37 has 1 paramedic engine company. Riverside County Fire Station 36 covers the west end of the city with a paramedic engine company.