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Has Someone Been Arrested in Orange County?

If arrested in Orange County, usually the individual goes to the Orange County Jail in Santa Ana. Operated, by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the IRC (also known as “The Main”) provides custody services for the Sheriff’s Department and many police departments in Orange County. Also, if someone is arrested by the California Highway Patrol in Orange County, they will be brought directly here.

In addition to the “Main” Jail, many police departments maintain temporary holding facilities around the county. At these facilities, people can be held for a day or two awaiting their first court appearance.

There are other reasons someone may be go to the Orange County Jail. These would include a warrant from a non-local court, medical conditions or some jails do not have facilities to hold both women and men, so it is usually the women who get moved to the Orange County Jail.

Many people still believe you get “one phone call” when arrested. California Penal Code Section 851.5 makes it clear that a defendant is entitled to make at least 3 completed calls within 3 hours of being arrested. Local calls (defined as no further than phone company “message units”) can be made for free. Non-local calls need to be placed collect. Once arrested, individuals do not have access to their cell phones, PDA’s or address books so they will need to call phone numbers they can remember. Also, wireless phones are not able to accept collect calls, so calls from the jail usually need to be made to a “land line” phone. Be aware that many jails use special collect calling phone companies that will charge you up to $15.00 for saying “Yes, I’ll accept the charges.”

TIP:If you are concerned about missing someone’s call from the jail because it has to be made collect and you may not be home, try putting the message “Operator, we accept all collect calls” On the outgoing message of your answering machine. That way, if you are not home, a detailed message can be left for you by the arrestee to hear when you return. Remember though, you’re paying for that call!.

Follow the link below to find out about a specific Police Department.

Orange County Cities

Aliso Viejo La Palma San Joaquin Hills
Anaheim Ladera Ranch San Juan Capistrano
Anaheim Hills Laguna Beach San Juan Hot Springs
Atwood Laguna Canyon Santa Ana
Balboa Island Laguna Hills Santa Ana Heights
Balboa Peninsula Laguna Niguel Santiago Canyon
Brea Laguna Woods Santiago Hills
Brea-Olinda Lake Forest Seal Beach
Buena Park Las Flores Shady Canyon
Capistrano Beach Leisure World Silverado Canyon
Corona del Mar Lido Isle South Laguna
Costa Mesa Los Alamitos Stanton
Coto de Caza Midway City Sunset Beach
Cypress Mission Viejo Surfside
Dana Point Modjeska Canyon Talega
Dove Canyon Monarch Beach Three Arch Bay
East Anaheim Newport Beach Tonner Canyon
East Irvine Newport Coast Trabuco Canyon
East Lake North Laguna Hills Trabuco Highlands
El Modena Northwood Turtle Rock
El Toro Olive Tustin
Emerald Bay Orange Tustin Foothills
Foothill Ranch Orange Hills Tustin Ranch
Fountain Valley Orange Park Acres University Hills
Fullerton Placentia Villa Park
Garden Grove Platinum Triangle Wagon Wheel
Huntington Beach Portola Hill West Anaheim
Huntington Harbour Rancho Santa Margarita Westminster
Irvine Rossmoor Woodbridge
Kite Hill San Clemente Yorba Linda
La Habra