Last year, California’s lawmakers believed the state has to abolish private bail company services for criminals because it criminalizes the impoverished. Most bond businesses provide their services to anyone who can afford to pay 10% of their imposed cash bond. For suspects of the smallest crimes who cannot afford it, they will remain incarcerated until they finish all the hearings of their case.
According to the proposed reforms to the Californian bail system, suspects with no criminal history or highly unlikely to flee from their court hearings by flying to another state or country could have no to minimal cash bond.
Californian lawmakers may introduce similar penal codes as Illinois or Massachusetts, two states that ban private bail bond companies or bounty hunters. Using this as the basis, here are a few ways you can prepare when lawmakers decide to reform the entire system of private bail bonds California has.
Have Contacts With Trusted Friends And Relatives
Offenders in Illinois and Massachusetts could bail him or herself out of prison using their money for the cash bond. Concerned individuals or groups, such as family or friends, may act as a surety and pay the bail on the accused’s behalf.
Having your family or friends process the bail amount is easier than handling the bond from inside prison. You have limited options to communicate when inside, and the more severe the crime, the less likely you have more options to process it.
Review Your Possible Criminal Records If Any
Referencing existing bail guidelines for states that disallow private bond company support such as Chicago, defendants without previous criminal records and suspected of a small crime could leave with an “I-Bond.” This cash bond is equivalent to courts releasing the accused after arraignment “on citation” or “on recognizance” if the suspect proves trustworthy before the judge.
For suspects with existing criminal records, the bail amount can be higher. A “D-Bond” allow the defendants to pay a non-refundable 10% of their set bond amount as a “processing fee” similar to the bail price asked by private companies.
The accused that pays his or her bond in full in states without private support could afford a “C-Bond” that is refundable.
Refundable Bail Bonds
I-Bonds have no refundable amount as no cash is involved. The state collects the 10% of their bail the accused pays for a D-Bond, which guarantees no refunds. However, C-Bonds are completely refundable with a few caveats.
The state returns a full cash bond payment within a few months after the last court hearing. However, the state would deduct miscellaneous fees involving the suspect and his or her case’s presence.
Court Skipping: Authorities Will Come After You And Add Charges
Californian lawmakers intend to use a “pretrial group” that would assess the risk each suspect has of fleeing the Californian state. Tax money would answer the pretrial group’s activities, along with the needs of the accused.
If an accused individual leaves the country with a pending court trial and gained freedom through a bond or bail, they forfeit the total bail amount, which they have to repay, and they increase their risk value.
Additional charges, such as legal disobedience, may have the state increase its charges against the suspect, a primary reason for the bail increase.