If you are arrested in the District of Columbia, the police will confiscate your property. The police will take your property and in most cases they make it very difficult (if not impossible) for you to get your property back. When they take your property, there are three primary manners in which they categorize the property, which determine the process you must use to get it back.
First, personal property, which may include keys, wallet, and other personal items. That type of property is the easiest to get back. The police should give you a property receipt, which you can take back to the police station to get your items returned. However, the police will not release personal effects to a third-party. That means if you are locked up after your arrest, you cannot send a friend or family member to pick up the property.