How long can a jail continue to detain a person after they have made bail?

No warrants or holds.

Asked on July 28, 2015 under Criminal Law, Georgia


B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

A person can only be held a couple of more hours... long enough to process the paperwork associated with the bail.  If a jail continues to hold an inmate, that should otherwise be free, then they are subject to liability for a civil rights violation. The inmate can also file a writ of habeas corpus for the unlawful detention of their person. The basically commands the jail to quit messing around and release the inmate.

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