20 May How California Bail Works
For defendants, there is a price for freedom and that price can be very low, a few hundred dollars, extremely high, one million dollars, or anywhere in between. Freedom is what America is all about, so who gets to put a price on freedom for defendants? And how is that amount determined for each person? The price for freedom for recently arrested individuals is called bail, and judges are the ones who determine bail for defendants.
Bail is a dollar amount that a defendant must pay to the court in order to be released from jail. Anyone may assist the defendant in paying this money, especially when the bail is very expensive. The more expensive the bail, the more serious the circumstances are. Some examples would be a very serious crime was committed, the defendant may be a flight risk, or the defendant may have a prior criminal record.
There is a bail schedule that judges follow, which outlines the bail amount per crime, and offense. The bail schedule is reviewed and adapted annually.
There is really nothing you can do to get your bail lowered. You can request it be reconsidered, but it is unlikely that it will change. Luckily, San Marcos Bail Bond Store can get you a bail bond to get out of jail even faster. You will pay us a premium, 10% of the full bail amount, and within hours, you will be released. You will have a payment plan to follow, making paying for the bail bond even easier for you.