Criminal Procedures

The Criminal Process

When a person is arrested and taken into custody, what happens next?

After a person is arrested and taken into custody, they are taken through the booking process. This process consists of providing information to a desk clerk (such as name, social security number, and driver’s license information), the taking of a photograph called a mug shot, the collection of the suspect’s personal property, and fingerprinting. Often times the police will then search a person. This consists of an invasive search, called a body cavity search, to make sure there are no hidden weapons or drugs. Finally, oftentimes jail officials will do a quick health screen of the person.


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