I have a bail hearing, now what?
Being arrested for a crime and abruptly thrown into the California criminal justice system can be a frightening and overwhelming experience. At the Law Offices of Sara D. Bratsch, we not only have a great understanding of bail hearings, we also know how to leverage the court to your advantage.
Asking the court to reduce or eliminate your bail is merely one example. The ins and outs of addressing your bail are multifaceted.
What is Bail?
“Bail” is money that the court requires you to pay in order to assure that you will appear in court. You post bail by either paying the total amount in cash or, more commonly, through a bail bond.
You can obtain a bail bond through a bail bondsman (or bail agent). Bail bondsmen agree to post your bail in exchange for a maximum of 10% of the total bail amount. This 10% that you pay is a nonrefundable fee. You can think of it as interest paid on a short term loan.
How Much Will My Bail Be?
The amount of bail varies greatly, depending on the crime involved. All counties have their own bail schedules that dictate the amount for bail for each type of crime. Your bail could range anywhere from $20,000 for the least serious offenses to upwards of $5 million for certain drug trafficking offenses.
As you can see, posting bail can have a serious impact on your finances. This is why it is so important to request a bail hearing to ease some of this burden.
There are some bail bondsmen that offer special financing options to make monthly payments on your bail bond. Most bail bondsmen can post bail 24-hours a day.
Need help with bail? Contact the law offices of Sara D. Bratsch for a free consultation today!