How Bail Is Set

How Bail Is Set In California

Bail amounts are set by each county, in the state of California. Each individual county sets its own “bail schedule” each year. It is true to say however, that even though bail amounts do not change much, every county still follows the process of setting an annual bail schedule. Let Alhambra Bail Bonds assist you with the bail process.

The Facts

  • The state of California sets the highest bail amounts in the United States. 
  • The counties of Orange, and Los Angeles in fact, are the highest of all.
  • It is therefore very important for people who have been arrested in California, to seek professional assistance from a top quality bail bonds company.

It is always a judge who will set the bail, which is determined by a set criteria. This includes:

  1. Public safety
  2. Severity of the crime that the defendant has been charged with
  3. Previous criminal history
  4. Repeat offender
  5. Flight Risk

It is only natural to assume, the more severe the crime, and the more criminal history a defendant has, the higher the bail is going to be.

The Variables

There are many variables during this process that are out of your control.

Amount of Bail

It is possible for a judge to alter the amount of bail, or conditions of bail, during the arraignment. In some instances, a defendant, or even their family, may prefer for the defendant to remain in custody until their court date in the hope that the bail will be reduced.

If Bail Will Be Granted

The judge does have the authority to leave the bail as it stands, lower it, increase it, or even deny it altogether.  This is the risk the defendant will have to take when they appear before the judge and haven’t applied for bail in the first instance.It is always highly advised to seek the assistance of a reputable bail bonds company as soon as possible.  It is also wise to remember, that no bail bondsman, or even attorney, can guarantee that bail will be granted.  The only person who can make that call is the judge.

 Let us help you through this difficult time. Contact Alhambra Bail Bonds today at 626-628-8340.