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What to Do When Someone You Know Is Arrested

Statistically speaking, 52% of Americans will be arrested at some point in their lives. This means that chances are better than not that you or someone you know will be arrested. Learning what to do when someone get arrested is not something you should do once it is too late. You should get an idea of how to proceed to make sure you can get them out as quickly as possible. Here are a few ways you can prepare.

Find Out Where They Are Being Held

In most cases, this should be one of the first things they tell you when you get the call, but if not then be absolutely certain you find out where they are being held. Modern inmate phone systems often cannot be tracked because they are routed through a central location to monitor and charge calls. This means that caller ID is not going to do you any good. Finding out where someone is being held can be a time-consuming nightmare if you have to call every local jail in the middle of the night, so save both of you some headache and be certain to find out before you hang up.

Find Out Why They Were Arrested

In some cases, for minor offenses, you may be able to get them out simply by showing up to give them a ride home, so finding out what the charges are is important. There could also be some type of miscommunication which can be explained once you are there, but you won’t know if you don’t know why they were arrested in the first place.

Figure out Bail

If a friend or family member is arrested then they will need to be bailed out. In these cases, you may need to enlist the aid of a bail bond agency. There are many bail bond services in San Bernardino and most other cities for you to choose from. If a bail bond is required your friend may have to spend an extra night in jail depending on how long it takes to process the bond.

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