When is Bail Set in California
Most people want to be released from jail as soon as they’re arrested. This is perfectly understandable. Jail isn’t a nice place. Once you’ve been arrested there are just two ways you’re going to get out quickly. One way is if the pending charges are dropped, at which point there’s no case and absolutely no reason to hold you.
The second way you’ll get out of jail quickly is by posting bail. Bail is a financial promise you make to the court that you’ll attend all of your formal scheduled court dates.
A few factors determines when bail is set. In some cases, you’ll be released on your own recognizance. This means that the charges are very mild and that it’s usually your first offense. Instead of paying bail, you simply sign a paper that says you promise to make your court appointments.
In other cases, usually, ones that involve very minor charges, the bail is already preset. In these cases, the booking officer will be able to tell you how much bail you need.
In many cases, you will have to stay in police custody until a judge or magistrate is available to hear your case. After listening to the reasons, you deserve bail, exploring your community ties, and reviewing your criminal record, the judge will announce what bail is set at. It’s highly recommended that you have an experienced lawyer present your case to the judge.
As soon as the bail hearing is complete, you can pay your bail and leave. If you’re unable to cover bail yourself, you can contact Riverside Bail Bonds and inquire about a bail bond. Since we only charge a 10% fee, it’s considerably more affordable than trying to cover the entire amount of the required bail yourself.
While most people wait until after the bail hearing to contact you, we’d like to point out that you are free to get in touch with us right after your arrest. While we can’t post a bail bond until you know exactly how large an amount you need, by contacting us early we can have paperwork filled out, and any required collateral worked out beforehand. That way, as soon as your bail hearing is completed, we can write the bail bond, allowing you to walk out of the jailhouse and return to your family.