Why Must You Be Booked Before Applying for Bail?

When you’re going through the traumatic process of being arrested, the first thing that will cross your mind is how to regain your freedom. You may be thinking about how you’re going to post bail, and may need to contact a bail bondsman to arrange this.

However, before you can apply for bail, every defendant must be booked. But what is booking, and why is it so important?

What is Being ‘Booked’?

When you are arrested, going through the process of being booked is the next thing that will happen. This involves your personal details being taken by the Police, so that they can identify you, your personal circumstances and record the relevant information to your case.

The process will likely include having your photo taken, providing your name, date of birth, and address, and having your fingerprints taken.

Why is it so Important to be Booked?

Booking someone needs to come first as it can affect the possibility and circumstances surrounding bail. If you provide false information to the police, it will suggest that you are either more of a risk, or you are not who they’re looking for. This will reduce the likelihood of your being granted bail, or your bail amount will be set at a higher sum.

If you have committed a string of offenses, you are at risk, or your crime is particularly serious, you may be deemed unsuitable for bail. Alternatively, the judge may ignore suggested guidelines for the bail amount related to your crime, and choose to increase or lower the amount depending on how you behaved during the booking process.

Don’t see the booking process as an obstacle, but as a helpful and integral part of the arrest process. Before you know it, you’ll be applying for bail and looking forward to your freedom.


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