In California, bail amounts are set higher than anywhere else in the country. Because of this, most people will seek the assistance of a professional bail bonds firm such as ours. Very few people these days, have the ability to raise the bail alone, and need professional help to do so.
The question will often be asked, “Can the bail amount be reduced?” There are occasions where bail can indeed be reduced at a bail hearing, however, as with any hearing, this does have risks.
Simi Valley Bail Bonds is a highly professional, and compassionate bail bonds company, dedicated to providing clients with experienced bail bond agents to assist with their release from custody. When a defendant is granted bail, our firm can be contacted at any hour of the day or night for assistance with having bail posted to release the defendant from custody.
Once Simi Valley Bail Bonds has received their non refundable fee, or organized a payment plan for same with our client, we will post the bail and secure the defendant’s release. It is important to remember, the fee is not refundable, regardless of the outcome of the defendant’s case. The fee is for services rendered by our company.
The only way bail can be reduced, is at a bail hearing. This is when a defendant has the opportunity to request their bail be reduced, eliminated, or to ask for O.R. (Own Recognizance). Under California law, a judge has a great deal of discretion when it comes to setting, altering, or eliminating bail. There are however, risks involved when asking for bail to be lowered, or eliminated.
The judge will have to take a few things into consideration before granting a reduction, or dismissal of bail. The seriousness of the alleged offense is always a consideration, as is prior criminal history, public safety, and the probability of whether the defendant will show for their court appearances. Bail will never be reduced without unusual circumstances, or good cause, if a defendant has been charged with a serious, or violent felony.
If a defendant hasn’t organized to have bail posted, they are automatically entitled to have a bail hearing within 5 days of the time bail was originally set. A defendant will also be required to provide the prosecutor with a minimum two day written notice of intent to request a bail reduction.
It is also important to remember that a judge also has the discretion to raise bail as well, or even refuse it altogether. The prosecutor may highlight information that the court may not have been aware, such as if the defendant has violated probation, or parole. In such cases, and where the defendant is aware that they have violated probation, or parole, it is advised to post bail as soon as possible, without a hearing, otherwise a “hold” could be placed on their release. Even though this information will no doubt come to light, many times the probation, or parole officer will permit the defendant to remain free, pending the outcome of the case.
If you or a close family friend has been arrested, it is highly advised to call us immediately on (805) 308-6582. We will be there right when you need us the most as we are available 24/7. Our website contains even more valuable information.