We Can Help Guide You Through the Bail Process
1. Bail Amounts: Bail is typically assigned at the time of booking, however there maybe specific jurisdictional policies requiring a judge to assign bail, your bail agent will discuss current situations. A few serious crimes require the defendant to first appear in court for arraignment to have bail set. Defendants who don’t or can’t make bail before arraignment can request a bail reduction in court, but can run the risk of that request resulting in a bail increase instead of a reduction.
2. Misdemeanor vs. Felony Charges: Misdemeanor crimes are punished by fines and/or incarceration in the county jail for up to one year. Felonies may be punished by fines and/or incarceration in the county jail (if granted probation) or in the state prison.
3. Release on Bail: Take a deep breath your bail agent is here to help. When a loved one is arrested they may have limited access to telephones and usually must call you collect. During the first call please obtain the name and location of the jail. Your bail agent will help you with everything that needs to be done. If you can’t help with bail gather the names and numbers of others that might be able to help and inform them of the arrest.
4. If you want to help the caller, you need to be know how the system works: Learn more about the bail process here.