Beverly Hills Jail
Visiting Hours and Procedures
You may visit an inmate Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Inmates are allowed only one 20 minute visit per day. However, that visit can include up to two adults and one child. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Attorneys, clergymen and bail bondsmen may visit at any time for as long as they like. You can obtain information about persons who have been arrested in Beverly Hills, California, by calling the Beverly Hills Police Jail at 310-288-2600 or 310-285-2187; or by visiting The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Inmate Information Center. You will need to know the full name and date of birth of the person being held in jail or his booking number to obtain any information. If you want specific information regarding the arrestee's case, including upcoming court dates, go to the
Los Angeles County Superior Court website.
All visitors to the Beverly Hills Jail (the "Jail") must possess either a valid California ID, valid photo ID from another state, passport or an ID from an acceptable source. Visitors with outstanding warrants or who are on parole should not visit the jail as they may be subject to immediate arrest. A visitor may be denied entry to the Beverly Hills Jail if he or she has been incarcerated there. Officers at the Beverly Hills Jail may deny visitation rights to anyone for any number of reasons. All visitors and all personal property brought into the Jail will be searched. Visitors in possession of weapons, illegal drugs or contraband may be arrested.
During booking, the person being held in jail, (the "arrestee"), may make three free telephone calls within the continental USA. Once placed in a cell, an arrestee may make unlimited collect telephone calls from a telephone in his cell. Although inmates are not permitted to receive incoming calls, a person can always call 310-288-2600 and leave a message for an inmate with an officer at the Jail. Because most inmates will be held at the Beverly Hills Jail for no more than three days, inmates should not be sent mail. Any time after arrest, an arrestee may authorize the release of his personal property to anyone unless that property has been entered into evidence. The person picking up the arrestee's personal property must present a valid California ID or an ID from an acceptable source.
464 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, California, 90210
The Beverly Hills Police Department and Jail are located close to Rexford Public Parking at 450 N. Rexford Drive. The first two hours are free.
How to Bail an Inmate Out of Jail
Someone committing a crime in Beverly Hills can be arrested and taken to the Beverly Hills Police Department to be booked (photographed and fingerprinted) and put in jail temporarily. It is possible for a defendant to be "cited out" and released from the jail after the booking process. Being "cited out" means you are given a written notice to appear in court at a future date. The defendant signs the promise to appear in court and is then given a copy and released. This process may take several hours to complete depending on the number of other defendants to be booked that day or night. These citations are common in cases involving Driving under the Influence (DUI), drunk in public, shoplifting, and minor misdemeanor cases. When a citation is involved, the defendant does not need to post bail.
If a defendant was arrested for a serious misdemeanor or felony matter, it is likely that the defendant will not be released from jail until the defendant or the defendant's family posts bail. If the defendant is not bailed out, he or she will be taken to court within 48 hours of being arrested, not counting the weekend. Bail means three things:
- The release of the defendant from jail;
- The bondsman; or
- The money or security used to secure the defendant's appearance in court.
The amount of bail depends on the type and seriousness of the crime charged against the defendant. The bail is based on a countywide schedule which is available through a bondsman or a criminal defense attorney. If the defendant or his or her family desires to post bail for the release of the defendant, there are three ways to accomplish this:
- Cash Bail – Cash, Check, Traveler's Check, or a Money Order must be deposited in the full amount of the bail to the law enforcement agency holding the defendant. Once this is completed, the defendant will be released from the jail and given a future date to appear in court. If the defendant makes all the required court appearances, the bail will be returned except for a small administrative fee. If, however, the defendant fails to make the necessary court appearances, the cash bail is forfeited to the court.
- Real Property - The family or the defendant may give any equity in real property for bail. Generally, the equity must be twice the value of the bail required for releasing the defendant. The equity of the property can be forfeited if the defendant fails to make his or her court required appearances.
- Bail Bond - This is generally the most popular manner used in Los Angeles County to bail someone out of jail. A defendant or his family posts the bail bond, which is the document given to the court by the arrestee's surety (bail bond company) to guarantee that the defendant will attend all required court appearances. The bail bond company charges a cash premium of 7% to 10% of the bail amount to post the bond. Example: the presumed bail for certain domestic violence charges is $50,000. The premium would be $3500 to $5000. Sometimes this premium can be made in payments to the bail bond company. The percentage charged by the bail bond company is non-refundable. It is the price or premium charged for undertaking the posting of the bail bond with the court. In the event that the defendant does not make the required court appearances and the bond is forfeited to the court, the signor (defendant, friend, or family member) of the bail bond will be responsible for paying the entire bail amount back to the bail bonds company.
Before bailing someone out of jail, you should consult with an experienced Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney to learn what your options are. Often, family members rush to bail someone out and then learn at the first court appearance (the arraignment) that the bail was increased because more charges were added to the criminal complaint. When that occurs, the defendant can be taken back to jail until the new bail is posted. It is tricky. That is why it is better to consult an attorney before you post bail. An experienced attorney will tell you the positives and negatives of posting bail at any specific time. If it is necessary, we will refer you to a reputable bail bonds company. We regularly obtain the release of many of our clients without posting bail. This saves the client or the family a lot of money, which in turn can be applied to fighting and defending the criminal case.