Imprisoned In San Diego? Read This Blog!
Suspects in California imprisoned for small crimes that have no malicious intent could pay their bail to gain their temporary freedom before their first court hearing. They could do this using the help of bail bondsman services.
Unfortunately, talking about technicalities could sound confusing and frustrating especially when you can feel the cold, steel bars when the authorities have finished taking your mug shot and providing you a cell number.
We understand the plight of the accused who know they are innocent and deserve their freedom after their arraignment. Through this blog, we help readers understand how to process and gain a “bonnie” or cash bond that guarantees their temporary freedom until the court calls on them for their initial case hearing.
Nobody wants to go to prison. However, when authorities book you or someone you know, you can help yourself, or he or her gain freedom by reading the entirety of this blog.
Things To Remember
Allow the authorities to book you into a prison. Once they finish, you can request to call for a third party to help you process your bail.
In California, you can pay your bail using bank balance, a check, a credit card or even an approved personal bank loan. The state would refund your bail immediately after your final court hearings given you attend all your hearings. If you paid bail and missed a single court hearing for an invalid reason, the state would forfeit your bail money.
If you committed a small crime for the first time and it did not involve any death or malice, the court can grant you a bond-free prison release after your arraignment using “release on citation” or “release on recognizance.”
Your Options To Gain Freedom
If the court finds you have a high risk of flying off into another state or country, they will impose bail on you. Aside from using pocket money to post your cash bond, you can use a bail bondsman service.
A bondsman or agent is an individual willing to shoulder your bail if you can provide them an upfront 10% of your posted bond. After your arraignment, the judge would announce your bail. Once you provide the non-refundable fee of 10% of your posted bond to the agent, you can gain your temporary freedom.
If you do not wish to use a bail bondsman’s service, but you are low on cash, you can use property bonds. It will take longer to earn freedom as appraisers would scrutinize you and your possible bail co-signers’ estates. However, it would succeed.
Possible State Of Californian Bail Laws
Californian lawmakers are weighing the value of reforming the entire Californian bail system by banning private companies and individuals from posting bonds for suspects.
The state government intends to use a “pretrial group” that would measure the risk factor of each suspect that arrives in every precinct effectively taking over the judge’s responsibility to do this. The smaller the accused’s risk of leaving the country, the lower the bail they need to pay.
If California intends to go with its bail reforms, government agencies will replace businesses while retaining the exact methodology behind asking for help from private firms. Using the hypothesis that California’s bail rules could be similar to those implemented in Chicago or Massachusetts, the bonding agencies could post bail on the accused’s behalf if they can pay the 10% of it before the hearing.
Your Rights As A Suspect
Despite changing laws in California regarding bail bonds, suspects are still innocent upon evidence pointing strongly towards their guilt towards actions. Unless the court deems their crimes do not earn any financial options, the accused could still pay for their bail. The only possible future difference is that for-profit bail businesses could not conduct business.
Skipping Trial: The Consequences
If you paid for your bail and you skipped your court hearing, you face the consequence of losing your bail money you posted.
However, if a private business paid for your bail and you had skipped trial, California’s laws allow bondsman services to contact fugitive recovery agents, better known as “bounty hunters.” The law provides these individuals the right to subdue fugitives in a non-lethal manner unless circumstances go beyond their standard defense level.
Bounty hunters are responsible for returning the accused into police custody and having them present themselves to court. They often have a year to recover the lost fugitive, the time limit being the regular judge’s limit to retrieve the runaway before the court forfeits the business-posted bail.
There are more things to know about the industry of private bail provisions. Stay tuned to this blog as it updates!