Booking & Bail Information

The Booking Process

Booking is the process by which the Police Department registers and enters charges against a person believed to have violated the law. The process of booking includes recording of the inmate's personal information and description, photograph (also known as mug shot), fingerprinting, and a Department of Justice records check. Additionally, personal property and money is taken from the inmate. Detention Officers take custody of these items, verify the items, and record all items taken.

Included in the process on entering the Huntington Beach City Jail, inmates are asked a series of medical questions to evaluate their physical and mental health. Finally, the inmate is allowed to make telephone calls in accordance with California Penal Code Section 851.1.

Bail and Bond

All inmates booked in the Huntington Beach City Jail are eligible to be released on bail or bond, unless specified by warrant, court order, bail schedule, or the level of the inmate's intoxication makes it unsafe to release the inmate.

The bail schedule is established pursuant to the Uniform Bail Procedures Committee and approved by the judges of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange.

Bail is the deposit of cash, cashier's check, money order, or personal check from a California bank for the entire amount of the amount specified. If a personal check is used, the amount cannot exceed $7,500. Multiple checks can be used to cover the total sum of the bail, however, they cannot be from the same bank account. Deposited monies will be returned after the court appearance of the individual that bailed out, and according to the rules established by the court receiving the bail.

Bond is the deposit of a surety bond by a licensed bail bond company for the amount of the bail.  The Huntington Beach Police Department, nor its employees, will recommend any specific bail bond company.  Bail bond companies can be searched online and are also posted within the jail on advertising sign boards, provided by an impartial company, and can provide specifics regarding fees and costs associated with the use of their services.

For any questions or inquiries regarding the Huntington Beach City Jail, you can contact us by calling 714-536-5691.

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Contact Information

City of Huntington Beach
Police Department
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA
Request non-emergency police service:
(714) 960-8825
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(714) 960-8811
Fax: (714) 536-5605
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