After Arrest: The Post Arrest Process

When an individual is charged with a crime, after arrest the bail bonds process is key to re-obtaining freedom. Once out of jail, the defendant will be upset and worried for the future. You may have an idea of what to do in order to get bailed out of jail, but what happens after you’re released?

There are a few things you’ll need to do in order to ensure the full bail amount is returned by the courts, as well as here are a few things to consider that will help get your life back on track.

1. Be Sure To Appear in Court

Court dates and appearances in front of a judge are your No. 1 priority- technically, by law, the fact that you’ll appear in court is exactly what bail is designed to ensure.

Missing court because of tardiness or transportation issues is not acceptable or excused by the courts.  Trials are extremely expensive and rescheduling dates is not easy within our legal system.  Missing any of your scheduled court dates will result in deep financial penalties, the worst of which will be losing the entire bail cost the bail bonds company posted on your behalf.

The bail bonds company will hold you responsible for that financial loss, and will take every step necessary within the law to retain it from you.  This may include the use of collection agencies, creditors and even bounty hunters.  There is often other legal punishment, such as time in county jail, for missing scheduled trials.

2. Review Your Case Details Carefully

Most cases will only require one appearance before a judge, but in certain instances, depending on the severity of the crime, you may be expected to attend pre-trials, arraignment hearings and multiple court dates during the course of your trial.  Be sure you have all the necessary and relevant dates so that you can appear and plead your case.

3. Seek Legal Counsel

It’s usually in your best interest to hire an attorney, even if you are planning to plead guilty.  Of course, public defenders can also be appointed to those who cannot afford an attorney for hire.

4. Stay Out of Trouble!

Getting arrested while awaiting trial is the worst thing that can happen to you!  That will violate the terms of your release and you may not even be eligible for release on bail if this happens.

Additional Information

If you or someone you know was recently arrested and is awaiting Los Angeles bail bonds, contact us or read these two blogs for more details about the arrest process: and

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