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. The Detention Officer conducting the booking provides the inmate with a list of the facility rules and items available to the inmate. 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, Cashiers Check, Money Order, or Personal Check from a California Bank for the entire amount of the amount specified. Deposited monies will be returned after the appearance of the individual 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 or its employees will not recommend any specific Bail Bond Company.  Bail Bond Companies can be located in the telephone book and are also posted within the jail on advertising sign boards, provided by an impartial company, and can provide specifics regarding fees and cost associated with the use of their services.

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

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City of Huntington Beach
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2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA
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(714) 960-8825
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(714) 960-8811
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