It is not easy to get out of jail after posting bail. There is no set time because circumstances change on a daily basis. There are several factors that are involved in releasing a defendant from jail and determine how long it will take for you to be released from jail after posting bail.
Bailing out a defendant entails a significant amount of paperwork. In most cases, the officer in charge of the bond release will thoroughly examine the paperwork associated with your client before releasing them. This can also lengthen the time it takes to be released after bail is posted because most officers don’t want to release a defendant who has a separate warrant out for their arrest.
The number of employees working when your client posts bail will also influence how quickly they can process his or her release. Consider a crowded jailhouse where your client is being held with only two officers on duty.
If you have posted bail for a client and the jailhouse where he or she is being held is overcrowded, it may take half a day to get your client out. The movement of defendants has a significant impact on how long it takes for your client to be released from jail after bail is posted.
Luck of Draw
Release on bond can be compared to a lottery. When bail is posted, your client’s name is added to the list of other detainees who have posted bail in the order that the bond was received. By chance, your client may be the first to post bail, putting his or her name at the top of the list. The release time should be quite short in this case. Imagine the situation if your client is unlucky and their name is near the bottom of the list.