SAN DIEGO CALIFORNIA
When someone is arrested in San Diego County, they are usually taken to a local police jail where they may be interviewed, and where necessary reports and forms are prepared. If the individual is arrested for DUI, a breath, urine, or chemical blood test will be conducted. This process can take hours before the person arrested is brought to the
San Diego County Jail to be booked. The county jail has no notice of a person’s arrest at this time so if you call shortly after your friend or loved one is arrested you may find that they are not yet in the county jail system. Do not be concerned because the pre-booking period is routine and necessary.
Release from Jail
Inmates held under Sheriff’s detention may be let out of jail for numberous reasons. The circumstances of an inmate’s arrest, the type of release involved, and the release schedule of the facility where the inmate is housed, all determine the time of day at which the release from jail will occur. People who are arrested for being drunk in public or under the influence of a controlled substance will be let out when they can care for their own safety. That time may vary with each person, with six to eight hours being the average.
Jail Inmate Services
The Sheriff’s Department’s Inmate Services Division
gives assistance to County Jail inmates through jail programs. Programs are different between jails, and eligibility may be limited to certain individual situations. Inmates may talk to a Correctional Counselor about these programs, a process by which the inmate’s needs are identified, and a plan is established to meet those needs. Some programs offered by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department include, individual and group counseling, HIV pre- and post-test counseling, religious services, work release and county parole, family reunification program, pregnant inmate help and more.
Each jail has a visit schedule. You can get jail visiting information and schedule visits by calling the toll-free visit reservation line at
You can also view the schedules for each facility by going to the Sheriff’s website, and visit the Detentions page.
Visiting in California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation prisons and facilities must be conducted in as accommodating a manner as possible in keeping with the need for order, the safety of persons, the security of the prison or facility, and the requirements of prison activities and operations. Failure to follow the established regulations and policies may result in a warning, termination, suspension, or revocation of visiting privileges.
Telephone Calls from Jail
The California Penal Code establishes the right of a person that has been arrested to make at least three free local telephone calls upon being booked, one call to a defense attorney, one to a bail bond agent, and one to a personal contact. The intake holding areas of the jails are also equipped with phones providing free local calls. Long distance calls may be made collect. Additional phones may be available during the booking process.
List of city jails within The County of San Diego:
As a skilled San Diego DUI Attorney, Richard Katzman provides legal representation of the highest order for drunk driving clients in San Diego County and throughout Southern California.
Richard Katzman practice areas:
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (DUI)
Serious Repeat Offender
Accident with serious injury or death
DUI with a child passenger
Hit and Run Driving
Contests of Speed
Driving on a Suspended License
Other Traffic Crimes
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or other state licensing agency Suspension/Revocation Hearings
Chemical Test Refual
Medical or Drug Suspension
Negligent Operator (too many tickets) Suspension
Prosecutors know Richard Katzman as a formidable courtroom opponent, and they know the depth of research and preparation to be expected at trial. Ironically, this unfailing preparation and readiness to fight it out in court often produces extraordinary results without need for a trial.