"I was recently arrested for a crime I didn't commit." It happens to thousands of innocent people every year, and unfortunately, the police don't always get it right. If you are charged with a crime, make sure to remain silent and contact an attorney right away! This is where your criminal defense begins. You will be taken to jail where three things will happen: booking, registration and release.
Booking is the process of taking information from you. This includes your name, address, date of birth and any other identifying information. It's also where you will be fingerprinted, photographed and asked questions about what happened. You may also sign paperwork to give up certain rights such as the right to a jury trial or being represented by an attorney during questioning.
When you are arrested for a crime, local law enforcement will take your fingerprints. They will also photograph you and ask for personal information. This includes:
Your name, address, date of birth and other personal information
Fingerprints (and palm prints)
A photo of your face
A copy of your mug shot
A judge will explain your rights, advise you of your charges and set a bond. Your bond can include conditions (i.e. curfew, classes, alcohol monitoring, etc.).
Following registration, you will be allowed to make phone calls and plan to post your bond. Depending on the type of bond set by the magistrate, your bond can be posted by a bail bondsman or, sometimes, an attorney. Once your bond is posted, your release can take anywhere from two to six hours.