What Is The Bail Process? How Does It Work?

What to do when you or someone you know is sent to jail

When someone is arrested, they are first taken to booking at the police station. At this time the officer records personal information of the suspect as well as information about the alleged crime committed. Fingerprints, background check, mug shots and seizer of personal property takes place. After this process, the suspect is generally allowed a phone call to their attorney or loved one. Finally, the suspect is placed into a jail cell, typically with other recently booked suspects.

Posting bail is based on the seriousness of the crime committed. For less serious crimes, bail can often be posed immediately. This is when you would call a bondsman such as Rod Buntjer Bail Bonds. For more serious crimes, you will have to wait (usually within the following 48 hours) for a bail hearing where a judge will determine if you the suspect is eligible for bail and set a bail amount.

Bail amounts are set based on the seriousness of the crime and if someone is charged with a felony or misdemeanor. For example:

Felony Crimes Presumptive Bail Amounts

  • Unlawful Possession = $10,000
  • Bribery = $15,000
  • Vehicular Manslaughter = $30,00
  • Voluntary Manslaughter = $100,000
  • Kidnapping for Robbery, Sexual Assault = $1,000,000

Misdemeanor Crimes Presumptive Bail Amounts

  • Battery = $3,000
  • Property Damage = $5,000
  • Vehicular Manslaughter = $7,000
  • Violation of Protective Order = $10,000

Keep in mind that these are only presumptive bail amounts. Enhancements, prior arrests/convictions and other mitigating circumstances can and will affect the actual bail amount. Once the amount is determined, we can then begin the process of getting your loved one released from jail.

Based on bail amount, we will help you determine what type of bail is best for you. If low enough you can pay the bail in full, secure a bond with us or other options provided by the courts.

If you secure a bond with us we will charge a 10% fee on the total bail amount (discounts for military, seniors, attorney referrals & union members), we will also collect collateral and let the courts know that we are responsible for bail amount if you don’t show up for your court hearing.

The entire bail process when booked into a county jail can take up generally 2-6 hours.

If you have more questions about the bail process or need help securing a bond, contact us immediately.

Rod Buntjer Bail Bonds



225 West College, Suite A
Santa Rosa, CA
(707) 569-8281



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