What does it mean to be “booked” in the State of Florida?

Once an individual has been arrested for suspicion of having committed an offense under Florida criminal law, he or she will be “booked” for the respective criminal charges.

During this procedure, police and/or other law enforcement agents will:  

  • gather basic identification details;
  • photograph you; and
  • fingerprint you. 

Depending on the nature of your criminal charges, you may be asked to provide a handwriting sample or stand in a criminal line-up. You will also likely undergo a body cavity search for weapons, drugs, or any other illegal goods.

If you are taken into custody and detained by the police without being formally booked, then your criminal defense lawyers will likely seek a writ of habeas corpus from a judge.

This writ is an order to the police that instructs them to bring you to court so that a judge can:  

  • view the facts of your arrest;
  • view the circumstances surrounding your search; and/or
  • (pending investigation) determine whether or not you are being unlawfully detained. 

Once you have been booked, you are legally entitled to complete 3 telephone calls in the local area – other calls made, or those made outside the area code, must be made as collect calls.

If you have been arrested and booked, you should reach out to legal counsel immediately. Your attorney can advise you, your family members, or other friends and associates about the next steps, such as the bail process. No matter what crime you have been arrested for, you have legal rights that can, should, and will be protected.

Contacting Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you are facing serious consequences with the Florida criminal law system, your defense lawyers are your best defense. The defense team you choose to represent you in court, defend your rights, and relentlessly pursue your case could be the difference between jail time and getting on with your life. Contact the lawyers at Falk & Ross to discuss your case – 1-877-663-5110.