Getting arrested can be a stressful experience, but it’s important to remain calm. Follow the officer’s instructions, and don’t answer any police questions until your lawyer is present. Actions you take during your arrest and the following steps will affect your case.
1) Arrest and booking
If you’re arrested in Anaheim, you’ll be taken to the Anaheim Detention Facility for booking at 425 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92805. Call 714-765-1988 for more information about the jail. The facility has a capacity of 120 detainees and is used to temporarily hold inmates before release or transfer to an Orange County Jail.
After being arrested, you’ll be booked. At this time, police will:
- Ask for basic personal information, including your full name, birthdate and address.
- Fingerprint you.
- Photograph you.
- Sometimes ask you to provide a handwriting sample or participate in a line-up.
After booking, the prosecutor will decide what charges to file, if any. You have the right to a speedy trial, so prosecutors usually must file charges within 48 hours of your arrest.
If an inmate is transferred to Orange County jail custody, they can be found using the Orange County Sheriff’s Department online inmate locator tool.
2) First court appearance – arraignment
Your first court appearance is the arraignment. The charges against you will be read in court, and you’ll be asked to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. You may also plea “no contest,” which means that you don’t contest the charges.
Your Orange County misdemeanor attorney can appear in your place for most misdemeanor criminal matters. Other charges such as felony or domestic violence charges require your appearance at arraignment.
At this stage, you may be able to post bail to get out of jail. Bail for inmates are set by judges based on this Anaheim bail schedule. Our firm can also help with bail bonds.
3) Courthouse for Anaheim cases
Most Anaheim criminal cases are handled at the Fullerton courthouse:
NORTH JUSTICE CENTER
1275 N Berkeley Ave
Fullerton, CA 92683
(657) 622-8459 (criminal operations)
Criminal cases in North Justice Center are prosecuted by either the OC District Attorney Fullerton Office or the Anaheim City Attorney. Most misdemeanors, infractions and DUI cases in the city of Anaheim are prosecuted by the Anaheim City Attorney’s Office.
After the preliminary hearing, felony cases may be transferred to Central Justice Center, Santa Ana court Dept C5 to be arraigned for a second time. At the second arraignment, the defendant will enter a plea and decide whether to proceed to trial. The judge in Dept C5 will direct which Orange County court will be home for the jury trial.
4) Anaheim work release program
For those sentenced to serve jail time, the Anaheim Detention Facility offers both a Work Release (pay-to-stay) program and a straight time (no-fee) program.
- Work Release: This program allows inmates to work at their jobs and then fulfill their sentencing requirement on evenings and weekends. Inmates are given individual sleeping quarters and are allowed to leave the detention facility to work. The program costs $150 for the first day and $100 for each day after.
- Straight Time: Inmates are given dormitory sleeping quarters at no cost.
Participants have minimal contact with non-sentenced inmates, and are given daily access to a kitchen, day room, phone and showers.
Work Release Program info and documents →