If you or a person you know has been arrested for a crime in California, and is placed in jail, it’s important to know your options for posting bail. Many people are unprepared for this experience. Not only is there the severity of being arrested, but it’s the all-too-real pinching of the pocketbook that sinks in for a defendant.
Lawyers often describe a bail hearing as any court appearance at which a defendant asks the court for release from custody, pending the outcome of a case. This process is generally called a bail hearing, even though not every defendant will have a bail hearing sometimes on larger “no-bail” cases they will.
Sometimes defendants will face several bail hearings on the larger more serious type of charges. This usually means a criminal defense lawyer will argue on behalf of the defendant and ask the judge to set bail pending trial. In these types hearings, a defendant and a lawyer can present evidence that they are not a danger to the community, or a flight risk, someone who will leave the state or country after a release. If the judge agrees with all this, then he or she will set a bail amount.
So what are the best options for posting bail? A person can pay the full amount of the bond, and it will be refunded back to you after judgment is pronounced. In cases involving movie stars, celebrities or persons of wealth, this usually happens. One example is if a person is arrested and is assigned a $50,000 bond, they can bring a cashiers check to the jail to secure their release. Even with the quick release, the person arrested needs to be responsible for attending follow-up court appearances and other bail conditions.
Another option is to work with a bail bond company. Bail bonds companies enter into an agreement with defendants, known as a surety bond, in which the bail bondsman posts the bail for the defendant’s release from jail. There are some stipulations around this option, and bail bond companies will usually interview defendants or anyone co-signing the bond to ensure compliance with the bond. This is an important step for a reputable bail bonds company, as the bail bondsman will be liable for the entire bail bond amount if the defendant doesn’t appear at all of the determined court dates.
If you’re ever in a position to require the services of a reputable bail bonds company, consider Premiere Bail Bonds, California’s #1 Premiere Bail Bond Agency, with bail agents throughout the state. Having been in business for over 15 years, its founder and team are well-known to criminal defense lawyers for their professionalism and honesty working in the Orange County Court System and outlying areas.