The Process

We will lay out a typical scenario for people arrested here in Nassau County, FL, however, we want to remind you that each case is different. The defendant’s prior arrest record, the number of people being processed, and the state of the jail itself can greatly impact the amount of time it will take for booking. We are happy to provide you with updates and specific information, so please call us at (904) 225-0002 if you have specific questions, or you can contact the jail directly.

Keep in mind that the defendant may not be able to speak with you. You should first call the jail or Liberty in order to gather necessary information.



The booking process varies depending on the crime in question. We have here a brief overview of the different conditions that a defendant may be facing.

According to jail policy, a defendant must appear in court (8AM daily at the jail) before bond may be set and posted if he or she meets one of the following conditions:

  • Domestic violence case (unless arrested on warrant)
  • Prior felony conviction(s)
  • Arrested on felony charges (unless arrested on warrant)

If the defendant has been arrested on a DUI (Driving Under Influence) or other alcohol-related charge, he or she must remain in custody for at least eight hours before bond can be posted.
If the defendant has been arrested on misdemeanor or felony charges, a warrant, or a child support violation, he or she will be transported to Nassau County Jail located at 76212 Nicholas Cutinna Rd., Yulee, FL 32097

No one outside the jail can directly contact a defendant during processing.

One of the most critical (and time-consuming) elements in processing is “clearance.” Police send the defendant’s identity through NCIC (National Crime Information Center) and FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) databases to check if the defendant has outstanding warrants in other jurisdictions. The inmate will not be told when he or she is “cleared.” An officer at the releasing desk is the only person able to provide that information.

This usually takes several hours.

If you need information on an inmate, you can call the jail at any time. You will need a pen and paper handy to write down the defendant’s jail number, time of booking into the jail, and charges. After you have this initial information, you can call Liberty for further updates. We can give you periodic updates and report on current processing times.

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The Bond All bonds may be posted by anyone; you do not need a bail bondsman to post a bond. For instance, if a bond is $5,002 (a typical DUI bond in Nassau County), you may post cash (exact change only) at the jail without our help. However, you may also post this bond through a bail agency by paying a 10% fee ($500.20) to the bondsman. This is referred to as a “premium,” and the percentage is set by state law and is not negotiable. Typically, it is easier to deal with small bonds in cash. However, it is important to keep in mind that when you post bond, the County reserves the right to deduct money from that bond: any costs, fees, and “expenses” that they deem appropriate can be taken away. These fees can exceed the 10% premium charged by a bail bondsman. Furthermore, note that none of the premium paid to a bail bonds agency is refundable after the bond has been posted and the defendant released. Besides the premium, there is another critical element necessary to secure a bail bond: the “indemnitor.” An indemnitor is a person or people willing to guarantee that the defendant will appear on his or her scheduled court dates. These people must establish “credibility,” often because of their standing in the community: having a job, owning property, or having a good reputation. The indemnitor may share financial risk by pledging his or her personal assets as collateral. These types of assets may include car titles or property deeds, and Liberty Bail Bonds is willing to accept other forms of collateral such as credit cards. Please call (904) 225-0002 for specific details. This collateral will secure the entire bond, and the indemnitor is responsible for the full amount of the bond if the defendant does not appear in court. Contact our expert bail bonds agency to learn more!