What to do after an arrest and how to bail out or post bond for an arrest in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida
This page describing the arrest, booking, and bail process, with helpful information describing how bail bonds work, how amounts are determined, how they can help to secure a person’s release from jail, where to pick up the arrested individual from jail, and even how to find out what the charges are and which bondsman to use.
When someone is arrested and taken to jail their first concern is how they can get out. Maybe your “buddy” needs to get out of jail. Of course, most criminal defense lawyers will tell you to hire a criminal defense attorney first, but it is 2 a.m. and you just want him out of jail. Frankly, there is not much a criminal defense lawyer can do at 2 a.m. on a Saturday. You can always hire a criminal defense lawyer after you get him out of jail.
So what’s the best thing for your friend? Let him sit there or get him out? Well, assuming you want to get him out of the Hillsborough County Jail….read below. If you want to keep your friend in jail, we understand as well.
First thing to know is that several things must happen before the authorities release an individual from jail after an arrest. This process typically involves a “booking” process. The booking process at the Hillsborough County Jail is like most jails. They take you in, fingerprint you and usually a standard bail is set. You can make a phone call at this time, but remember all jail calls are on a recorded and monitored line.
DON’T TALK ABOUT THE FACTS OF YOUR CRIME!
Too many of our clients have been convicted of crimes where the most damaging evidence came from the jail calls!
If you are not immediately bonded out of jail or have “no bond,” then you will be brought before a judge the next day. This next day hearing is called “PP court.” This hearing determines whether the person arrested may be released pending trial and set the bail amount (or announce a bail amount). You are entitled to an attorney at this hearing and one is provided to you at the Hillsborough County Jail if you do not hire an attorney.
Once the accused has “posted bail” themselves or through a bail bond agent they are released. Now, be sure to Get Lawyered Up and hire a qualified Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney to defend your case and try to get the case either dropped, defended or prepare for trial.