Arrest Process in Fort Bend County

Being arrested can be an overwhelming experience. We understand the need to be bonded and released as soon as possible. However the booking process is time consuming.



If arrested by Katy Police, Sugar Land Police, Richmond Police, Rosenberg Police, Stafford Police, Missouri City Police you may be taken to their police department, to be booked into that jail temporarily before being transported to the Fort Bend County Jail in Richmond. Presently none of the above Police Departments can process bail bonds for release on Class B Misdemeanor or greater criminal charges.


If arrested for traffic violations (tickets) - a Class C Misdemeanor, you may pay the fines or bond prior to being transported. However if the offense is a Class B Misdemeanor or greater than you will not be bondable until booked into the Fort Bend County Jail in Richmond.


Only the Bonding Division at the Sheriffs' Office in Richmond can accept bail bonds for release. The problem is you must be booked in their jail before they can provide the required information to be typed on the bond. This may change in the future, but for now its the only way.


Once transported the booking procedures are repeated and the waiting continues. Now we wait for the Sheriff Office Bonding Division to receive the paperwork from Intake and create a file. This is where we contact the Bonding Division to obtain the required bond information.


The time varies depending on many factors. Shift changes, magistrate hearings and heavy work loads all play a role. The clerks also have multiple responsibilities and are unaware of the events at the other end of the jail. Until they receive the paperwork information can not be obtained.


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