Each day, the
Release Desk will experience various types of
releases. For example, some will bond out with
cash while others may use the services of a
bondsman. Some may be released because they have
served their sentence, been sentenced to
probation or released to other counties. There
are many other examples of releases and the
Sheriff’s Office wants each citizen to
understand that every release is equally
important to us. We strive to have them
completed in a timely manner. Various
circumstances cause some releases to require a
lengthier process than others. Each release
however is processed as it is received.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I don’t know any bondsman,
can you recommend one for me?
A. No, the Sheriff’s Office is
prohibited, by Florida Statute, from
recommending a bondsman. You can find a bondsman
listed in the telephone directory or they are
posted next to all telephones within the
Q. I paid for a bond through a
bondsman a long time ago. Why hasn’t the
arrested person(s) been released?
A. If you have a question
regarding a bond, please contact your bondsman.
Many times, we do not receive the bond for
several hours. If the bondsman makes an error on
the bond, they must make the correction prior to
a release taking effect. These are circumstances
beyond our control and the Sheriff’s Office is
prohibited by Florida Statute to change, alter,
or correct the documents.
Q.A bond was paid before the
arrestee surrendered. What is taking so long?
A. The same as above applies.
In addition, if arrestee turns themselves in on
a warrant, they will be processed in and
released the same as those arrested under other
circumstances. If family or friends bring them
to the detention facility it is best if they
return home rather than wait in the lobby due to
the unpredictability of the release times. The
defendant will be able to make a free phone call
when they are at the release desk to notify you
of their impending release.
Q. The arrestee went to court
and the judge released them. What is taking so
A. When a judge releases
someone from custody, they will be released as
soon as the Sheriff’s Office has been properly
notified. The Clerk of the Court must put
together the proper documentation to affect the
release. The documentation must then be
delivered to the Booking Unit at the Hernando
County Detention Center. There are only two deliveries of
court paperwork each day. The morning court
paperwork is delivered at approximately 12:00
pm. The afternoon court paperwork arrives at
approximately 5:30 pm. Advisory Hearings
paperwork varies in time based on how many
defendants there are. The releases are then
completed as they are received in Booking.
Q. A person was arrested for
DUI and has paid the bond. Why have they not
A. State law requires that all
persons arrested for DUI / BUI must remain in
custody for a minimum of 8 hours from the time
of the arrest. You may pay the bond prior to the
8 hours completion, however, they will not be
released until 8 hours has elapsed.
Q. What form of payment is
accepted for a bond?
A. If you do not use a bonding
company, cash is the only form of payment the Hernando County Clerk of Court accepts.
Q. Why are there no releases
during certain times of the day? When are those
A. The Sheriff’s Office must
allow for shift changes and inmate counts.
During these crucial periods, no releases can
take place. These times are from 5:30 am – 6:30
am, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm and
11:30 pm – 12:30 am. Although no one is actually
released during these hours, please understand
that the release desk does continue working to
Q. The arrestee already
attended the Advisory Hearing and they still
can’t bond out, what happens now?
A. When a person is unable to
post a bond, they will be dressed into a uniform
and housed with the other inmates, according to
their particular classification. Information is
available on the Inmate Rules and Information
Posting located in each housing unit.
Q. Are there any warrants
outstanding for the arrestee from other
counties? How will I find out if there are any?
A. A warrant check is done on
every person entering and leaving the facility,
if a person is found to have a possible match we
will confirm with the originating county if the
warrant is valid. Sometimes this process can
take several hours, depending on the county we
are attempting to contact. If you are awaiting a
release, please be patient with this process.