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Booking and Release process — Knowing how it works can help you avoid mistakes
Booking and Bail in California
Whether a person has been arrested for domestic violence, DUI, DWI or any other offense the process is the same. Persons taken into custody by the Downey Police or Sheriff’s Department will be held at either the Downey Police Station Jail, Sheriff’s Station Jail or will be transfered to the Los Angeles County Jail (IRC) and will be kept there until their first court date called the “Arraignment.” Bail is allowed to be posted in any facility 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.
Before a bail bond is turned in and accepted, the arrestee must pass a background check through “Live Scan”, which is a machine that is linked to a county, state and national database. That database will notify the authorities of any possible holds, warrants, or aliases that might prevent release or increase the total bail amount of an arrestee. Once the results of the Live Scan come back from the various government agencies, that person is then “cleared” to bond out. At this time, a jailor will review and accept a Bail Bond for an arrestee and release them on the Bail Bond.
From the time a Bail Bond is turned in, it takes between 30 minutes and 3 hours for a release depending on the facility where the person is being held. Release times do vary based on the workload of the Downey jail’s staff as well as the type of facility. Once out, a person will need to complete his or her part of the paper work, take a picture, and make sure to show up to each and every court date thereafter. It is recommended that you hire a Downey criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
More About Downey, CA
The city of Downey was founded by and named after the former Civil War California governor John Gately Downey in the late 1800s. In 1873, the Southern Pacific Railroad arrived in Downey, and farmers in the area grew castor beans, grain, fruit and corn until the 1940s. The city was officially incorporated in 1956 and residents instituted a charter form of government in 1964. After World War II, residential areas sprang up and outnumbered and replaced the factories and farms that one called Downey their home. Until 1999, the largest employer in the city was Vultee Aircraft, which would eventually be bought by Boeing after several name changes. The Boeing facilities produced some of the systems used on the Apollo Project and the space shuttle. Located near the center of the city sits what was once one of the busiest intersections in the world; Lakewood Boulevard and Firestone Boulevard, the first being a major thoroughfare between Pasadena and the Port of Long Beach and the second was part of the Old Spanish Trail System, helping to connect Los Angeles to San Diego. The oldest surviving McDonald’s makes its home in Downey. Built in 1953, it was the third McDonald’s franchise and was listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 1994 list of the eleven most endangered historic places, and the building still retains its original ‘Golden arches’ and 60-foot animated neon ‘Speedee’ sing. The building was temporarily closed in 1994 after the Northridge earthquake, but outrage from the public caused the company to spend two years renovating and restoring the building. Patrons may now visit the restaurant and an adjoining museum and gift shop. The first ever Taco Bell was also opened in Downey in March, 1962 by Glen Bell. Although Downey has crime rates lower than the national average in many categories, it does stick out in one, car theft; the levels of vehicle thefts in the area are 1.76 times the national average. Like other Los Angeles County cities, Downey experienced its share of gang activity in the 80s and 90s. Although there is still gang activity today, the city responded by forming GOOD or Gangs Out of Downey. GOOD is a community-based organization which helps young people between 10-20 stay away from gangs. The group has also helped to organize after school sports, scholarships, and after school care for at-risk kids looking to attend college. The organization also provides counseling for kids who are at a high risk of joining gangs and their parents. GOOD keeps a close partnership with the Downey Police, to aid in keeping kids out of the gang life.