Reducing Bail & Knowing When Someone Will Be Released
We have had a great deal of success in reducing bail and expediting the release of our clients in Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange and San Diego Counties.
If you have questions or concerns regarding bail and release, please call us today for a free 45 minute consultation. (310) 782-2500.
|Facts About Bail & Release|
|Before a suspect can be released from jail prior to their court date, as a condition of release, the sheriff sets bail. The suspect must either pay the jail the full bail amount (cash bail), which is very unusual, or go through a bondsman. The amount of bail is determined by a court devised “schedule” for the particular charges. The schedule varies by county. Many times police officers allege multiple charges against the suspect, which has the practical effect of increasing the amount of bail necessary for release and perhaps making the difference between someone being released and staying in jail.|
If an arrested person pays the jail directly, they must pay the bail amount in full. If this method is chosen and the defendant appears at all times during the case, the money will not be returned for at least 2 to 3 months following the resolution of the case. Resolution of the case includes the assignment to a drug diversion program, a commitment to a correctional facility, and of course, dismissal of the case.
If an arrested person decides to use a bail bondsman, the bondsman charges a fee (normally 10% of the total bail amount). The fee is non-refundable and is for the bail bond company bearing the financial risk that the suspect may not show up in court on the appointed date.
If a suspect fails to appear (“skips bail”), the bail will be forfeited unless the suspect surrenders or is returned to custody and bail is reinstated. If family or friends post cash bail and the arrested person does not appear in court, the family or friends usually lose their money. The only way bail can be returned is if the person is returned to custody within six month after the court declares a forfeiture on bond and the judge agrees to reinstate bail. However, if bail is posted through a bondsman, the bondsman is responsible for bringing the accused back to court. If the bondsman fails to do so, it is the bondsman who must pay the entire bail amount.
It is important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who can prepare the case to argue to either lower the bail or ask the court that the accused person be released on their own recognizance. This will save the accused and his family the stress of having to get money together to post bail.
It is important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who can prepare the case to argue to either lower the bail amount or ask the court that the accused person be released on their own recognizance. This will save the accused and his family the stress of having to get money together to post bail.
|Benefits To Selecting Greg Hill & Associates:|
|1||Available every day, every hour. 24-hour in-person answering. Our office will often go to the jail when the Client is initially arrested to persuade the police to set bail at a low level or agree to have the client released on his or her own recognizance.|
|2||Over 30 years experience, hundreds of criminal cases handled, a track record of success, over 100 criminal trials, tough negotiators and savvy enough to use their familiarity with local judges and district attorneys to your advantage.|
|3||Top quality services at reasonable rates.|
|4||Free 45 minute consultation.|
|5||All major credit cards accepted.|
|6||Immediate, courteous response.|
|7||Office near Torrance Courthouse with free parking.|
Your freedom is too important to entrust to just any attorney. You need a law firm that is familiar with the best bail bondsmen who are available when you need help and who are competent. Greg Hill & Associates is that firm. We are one of Southern California's most experienced criminal defense law firms, with over 30 years of experience. Greg Hill & Associates has successfully assisted hundreds of people in bail matters.
IF YOUR FAMILY MEMBER WAS ARRESTED AND IS IN CUSTODY, CONTACT OUR OFFICE FOR A FREE 45 MINUTE CONSULTATION. WE WILL ARRANGE FOR YOUR LOVED ONE'S RELEASE FROM JAIL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. (310) 782-2500.