When an individual is arrested in El Centro or anywhere in Imperial County, the first thing that happens is they will be read their Miranda rights. The arresting officer will tell them they have the right to remain silent and they have the right to consult with an attorney. If they cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed to them. The defendant will also be handcuffed and transported to the El Centro jail to be booked and processed.
It is at this time they will have their fingerprints taken, will undergo a national warrant screen and background check, their information will be entered into the computer system and they will have their mug shots taken. The crime they have been charged with will also be cross-checked against something called the county bail schedule. This is a document that is set annually by a panel of Superior Court judges and it lists different bail amounts for different crimes. Whether a person has a prior history of arrest, if they have ties to the community and whether they are considered to pose a risk to society are also taken into consideration.
The booking process can take anywhere between four and six hours and the jail will not allow a defendant to have bail posted until this step is complete.
If you have recently learned someone you care for has been arrested by a member of Imperial County law enforcement you will want to contact an expert bail bondsman right away. The bondsman cannot speed up internal processes at the jail but they can help ensure the defendant will be released as quickly as possible.