An accused person’s bail is set either when they are booked, or when they have appeared before a judge. Thereafter, a bond needs to be paid for them to be released. When you retain Summit Defense Attorneys, we can refer you to a bail bonds company that we work with, and that gives our clients a discount.
If you, or a friend or relative willing to post bail, owns a home or other property, they may be eligible to post a property bond. If you want to know if a property bond is available in your case, you should consult your attorney.
In San Jose, you can post bail for any inmate at the Main Jail Complex, in Downtown San Jose. Bail can be posted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except between the hours of 2.00am and 5.00am when the office is closed.
You cannot find your official criminal record online. You can, however, request a copy of your local criminal record from the County of Santa Clara Sherriff’s Office. It is best to make an appointment first, by calling (408) 808-4700, and then attend the office in person at 55 West Younger Avenue, San Jose. You should take identification with you, and be prepared to pay their required fee.
If you need a copy of your full and complete criminal record, such as for expungement proceedings, you need to make an application via the California Department of Justice. More information on the process can be found on their website, here. You will need to attend a livescan facility to be fingerprinted, and submit a form and the required fee.