What You Should Know About Bail:
Bail is money that is secured by defendants and their families that are required to deposit money to guarantee that they will return to court. When released from jail while their cases are pending they may return to work or school and continue to take care of their families. Although there are several exceptions, in general people arrested for an infraction or a misdemeanor must be released upon signing a written notice to appear. Below are the exceptions to this general rule include cases in which:
-The arrestee requests to be brought before a judge within a certain amount of time.
-The arrestee refuses to sign a promise to appear, due to the fact he does not believe he or she is guilty.
-The arrestee is charged with a violation of a domestic violence protective order that was previously ordered.
-The arrestee is severely intoxicated or requires medical attention
-The arrestee has outstanding warrants in other cities and counties.
-The arrestee fails to provide satisfactory identification or a current driver’s license.
-The release would jeopardize the prosecution of the offense for which the person who was arrested or being detained.
-The safety of others would be jeopardized if the arrestee is released due to violence and previous arrests.
-The officer has reason to believe the arrestee will not appear in court as ordered.
-The arrestee is charged with Driving Under the Influence and has previous DUI’s.
What Is O.R?
An arrestee may be released on his own recognizance, or released “OR.” If released OR, the arrestee is required to appear in court as a signed citation by the arrestee or person being detained. If a court agrees to release the arrestee OR, the court will require him to sign an agreement specifying his acknowledgement of the requirement of an O.R. release. Which are specified below:
* Promise to appear at all times and places as ordered by the court.
* Promise to obey all reasonable conditions of the release of the court and not get rearrested while out on O.R.
* Promise not to leave the state without the court’s permission, or move unless the court is notified of your new address.
* Agreement to waive extradition from another state if it becomes necessary to apprehend and bring to another state.
* Acknowledgement the arrestee understands the consequences of violating the conditions of release of O.R.
How is Bail Set?
At a bail hearing, the judge will set the bail amount according to the County’s bail schedule and in light of the circumstances of the arrestee’s background and the conduct with which he is charged. Every County has their own bail schedule. Some counties have higher bail schedule than other counties. The bail schedule is set at the beginning of each year by the presiding judges and every year if decided, they can raise the bail schedule. The County of San Bernardino has a bail schedule guiding the amount of bail for the pertinent charges that is posted at http://www.co.san-bernardino.ca.us/courts/. The bail schedule is a guideline, thus the actual bail set may deviate from the schedule.
How Do I Post Bail?
There are several way to post bail. Access Bail Bonds is a 24 hour emergency bail service. Access Bail Bonds have agents in all cities and states. Once you have contacted Access Bail Bonds and have given them the information needed, Access Bail Bonds can get the bond posted immediately and have your loved one out as soon as he or she is processed. Another way to post bail is with cash, a cashier’s check or through a bail bond. A bail bond is a legal contract that requires someone to pay money if a defendant fails to return to court. It is guaranteed that if the defendant fails to appear in court, the court will forfeit the cash and a warrant will be issued. The best way to bail is through Access Bail Bonds, please call for free information at our toll free number 1-888-592-6637, a live agent will be ready to help.