First Time Behind Bars? 7 Common Questions About Bail Bonds
Navigating the criminal court system can be challenging. One of the biggest questions people have when they are charged with a crime is about bail and being released from custody. The following are some of the most common questions about bail and bail bonds. 1. What is Bail? Bail is a legal concept that allows… read moreRead More
Right To Bail Law – How Bail Is Determined
In most states, a monetary system is used for bail. Bail allows a defendant to be released from jail pending the resolution of their criminal case. A defendant could deposit money with the court as bail or obtain a bond to secure their release. The amount of bail is based on a bail schedule, which,… read moreRead More
What Does It Mean to Be in Jail With No Bond?
Bail is money that a person posts with the court to be released from jail pending a trial. A person may post bail by: Depositing cash with the court Signing a bail bond Putting up property as bail (property bond) The California Supreme Court has ruled that it is unconstitutional for courts to hold someone… read moreRead More
California Abandons Money Bail In Favor of Risk Assessment
California will soon become the first state in the country to abandon its money bail system. Instead of assigning bail after arrest, a court will determine if a defendant should be detained based on their perceived threat to society. In theory, this should help to minimize racial bias in California’s criminal justice system. What is… read moreRead More
How Do Bail and Bonds Work?
If you are arrested for a crime you may be required to post bail before you are released from police custody. What is bail? What if I don’t have cash to pay the amount set by a court? Who can help me post bail? As experienced California criminal defense attorneys we get questions like these… read moreRead More
Bail Reform Expands In California
Add Contra Costa County to the list of jurisdictions in the Golden State that have replaced the cash bail system with a tool that advocates claim is more reliable and fair. According to one group, on any given day, at least 45,000 Californians are incarcerated not because they’ve been convicted of a crime but because… read moreRead More
Calif. County Moves Forward With Bail Reforms
Santa Clara County officials announced that they would change the rules and free hundreds of jail inmates who are awaiting trial. Could this level of reform come to SoCal next? The Board of Supervisor’s unanimous vote makes Santa Clara County one of the leaders in the state’s burgeoning bail reform movement. Civil rights groups, who… read moreRead More