What If I Get Arrested on a Weekend or Holiday?

The law provides that a person arrested should be brought before a magistrate as early as possible, preferably within the next 48 to 72 hours. The difficulty comes in when you are arrested on a weekend or a holiday, and the courts are not in session. You will have to wait until the next business day before you can be brought to court, and a decision is made as to whether or not you are eligible for bail. The same is true if you are arrested at night time when the courts are closed. You will have to wait until the next morning, or the next available schedule before you can be brought before a judge.
The good news is that bail can still be an option for you even while you are waiting to be brought before a judge. Most jail authorities are provided a bail schedule which provides for the statutory amount of bail depending on the crime charged. This is also the reason why some bail bond companies are open 24 hours a day. Individuals who are arrested at night time, on weekends, or on holidays, need not wait for court to resume its operations before they can be bailed out. With the help and assistance of a bail bondsman, you can post a bail bond immediately and be released on bail.
When a defendant is given this option, before they are released from jail, they are provided with a schedule for their appearance date in court. Typically, this would be the arraignment when the charges against the defendant are read, and he is allowed to enter his plea to the charge or charges brought against him.