People who are charged with most crimes are required to post bail. This is to ensure that they appear for all of their court appearances, including trial if the case proceeds that far. Generally one contacts a bail bondsman who in return for 10% of the amount of the bond posts the bond for the client. The defendant is then released from custody pending their first court appearance.
For most bail bonds over approximately $150,000.00, the defendant is often required to put up some type of collateral on top of the 10% of the bond. This is often done by having the bail company putting a lien on some type of property owned by the person posting the defendant’s bail bond. If the defendant does not appear for his or her court appearances, the bond gets forfeited and the defendant is then sought by the bail bondsman or a bounty hunter.
It is your attorney’s job at the arraignment to try to get their client’s bail down to zero, or to at least minimize it as much as possible. If you are required to post a bail bond, you should immediately contact the attorneys at the Law Offices of Top Criminal Defense Law Firms, APLC, for assistance.
Bail Requirements in San Diego County, CA
When one is accused of a crime, he or she is generally given a bail amount to post before being released. This is especially true if the charge is a felony. In some cases, a defendant may be released on his or her “own recognizance,” which is a promise by the defendant to appear in court in the future without having to post any type of bail bond. The defendant usually must show that they are not a flight risk or a danger to the alleged victim or the community. The courts also look to the defendant’s ties to the community and their past record.
Choose an Experienced and Effective Defense Attorney
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Top Criminal Defense Law Firms, APLC, are aggressive and tenacious in defending your rights, including your right to a reasonable bail. We robustly petition the courts to grant our clients a bail that they can post. When there is no risk of flight or danger to the alleged victim or the community, we argue strenuously to either lower bail or get an own recognizance release so that our clients can fight their case from outside of a jail cell.
Contact the best criminal defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Top Criminal Defense Law Firms for Bail Assistance in San Diego.