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How long does it take to get released from jail after it is determined that you will be released? Do they do it 24 hours/day?

Los Angeles, CA |
Filed under: Criminal defense

My friend was arrested 2 days ago for a failure to appear on a moving violation that is 3 years old. He appeared in front of a judge today and was told he would be processed and released. What is this process like? How long does it take? He is at LA County Jail - do they release people 24 hours a day? It was about 8 hours ago that he found out he was free to go, but he is still in there, and nobody answers the phone when you call.

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Unfortunately, there is no timetable that anyone can give you with great accuracy because the release process in the Los Angeles County Jail system is inefficient and can take a very long time. It is not uncommon for an inmate to wait anywhere from 12-24 hours to be processed and released. Sometime, it can take even longer. They do release inmates at all hours of the day. I recently had a client released at 3:30am.

Karen L. Goldstein

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