Many defendants charged with federal or state crimes have a legal right to be out on bail. However, many cannot raise the money they require to post bail. Per the research, approximately 60% of arrestees can't afford to post bail, leading to unnecessary financial strain on them and their loved ones.
To avoid a situation where you'll be stuck in jail simply because you can't afford bail, you can hire a bail bonds agent to post bail on your behalf at an affordable price. At Cali Bail Bonds, we boast reliable, experienced, and professional bail bond agents who will secure your release from jail faster and confidentially. If you have been arrested in Redondo Beach and the judge has granted bail, call us as soon as possible. We'll do everything legally possible to ensure you return to your daily activities and that you have ample time to gather evidence and help prove your innocence.
How Bail Works
When arrested in Redondo Beach for suspicion of committing a criminal offense, you'll be transferred to Redondo Beach Jail for booking before incarceration. The booking period varies based on several factors, including how many inmates are awaiting booking, the cooperation and sobriety of the inmates undergoing booking, and conflicting activities in the jail, for instance, telephone calls, meal service, and jail inspections. However, it generally takes up to 45 minutes for one inmate to be booked.
Also, the booking procedure for every inmate may vary depending on circumstances surrounding their case. The process might include but is not limited to the arresting officer:
- Conducting a safety search and preparing you for custody.
- Determining the criminal charges against you.
- Securing your personal property.
- Taking your identifying information and completing probable cause forms.
- Requiring you to complete a medical questionnaire and treatment, if need be.
- Requiring you to submit to chemical testing (if it's an alcohol-related crime).
- Inquiring and documenting detailed personal info.
- Photographing and fingerprinting for LA County booking database.
- Providing a telephone call to you as the law requires.
- Completing Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) forms, documents, and citations needed before being placed in cells.
Once you've been booked, you have an option for release from custody pending resolution of your case, and this is by posting bail. Bail is a financial guarantee to the courts. You deposit a given amount of money with the court to guarantee you'll show up in court as the judge requires.
Can Anybody Secure their Release on Bail?
It's up to the judge to decide whether or not a person ought to post bail. In Redondo Beach criminal cases, there are several options at the judge's disposal- release the defendant on their own recognizance (O.R release), grant bail amount, or deny bail altogether. If you're released O.R, it means you won't have to post bail. Instead, you will be required to sign a written citation promising to show up in court as required. And if the judge denies you bail, it means you'll have to remain in custody until your case is resolved. Some criminal offenses aren't bailable in Redondo Beach, for instance, crimes punishable by the death penalty.
How the Judge Decides on the Amount of Bail
Every California county has its bail schedule that judges use to determine the amount of money to set as bail. When setting bail for various crimes, Redondo Beach Judges refer to the LA County misdemeanors and infractions bail schedule and LA County felony bail schedule. The judge could set the exact bail amount indicated on the bail schedule or set a lower or higher amount than what's listed. When determining the amount to impose as bail or whether they should grant bail at all, the judge considers several factors, including:
- How serious your supposed crime is.
- Whether you pose any danger to the public
- Whether or not you are a flight risk.
- Your criminal history.
- The likelihood that you will show up for court hearings or trial.
- The safety of the victim and their family.
If your bail amount is set too high, your lawyer can request a bail hearing to argue for a bail reduction or an O.R release. The attorney can present an argument in support of bail reduction and proof regarding relevant facts like:
- Having ties to the community and stable life history.
- The severity of your alleged offense.
- No past criminal record.
- No failures to make court appearances.
- That setting you free won't pose any risk to the public or victim.
- Your gainful employment.
And note that just like your lawyer can request a bail hearing seeking bail reduction or elimination altogether, the prosecution can also do the same, seeking the judge to increase the bail amount.
Ways of Posting Bail in Redondo Beach
Redondo Beach jail accepts two kinds of bail- bail bonds and cash bail. Cashier's checks and credit cards aren't accepted.
Cash bail is the total amount of money in cash that you have to deposit with the jail facility or court to secure your release from jail. This is one of the methods to ensure you'll attend court in the future as required. For instance, if your bail amount is five thousand dollars, you'll have to pay five thousand dollars in cash to the court or jail facility to be released.
A court wouldn’t accept cash bail where the money came from a suspicious source like a criminal organization, especially if you posted a substantial amount. For example, if you’re charged with misappropriation of government funds, fraud, or drug trafficking, and you post a cash bail worth more than $100,000, the court may suspect that the cash isn't from a legitimate source. You have the burden of proving that the source of the money is legitimate. Failure to which, the court will not accept the money.
Many people do not have the money to make cash bail. Consequently, posting a bond becomes the most convenient way to secure their release on bail. Here, you will need to retain a Redondo Beach Bail Bonds company to post bail on your behalf to secure your release. When posting a bond, the bail bonds company will only require you to pay them a non-refundable premium, which is usually 10 percent of the entire bail amount. For example, if the judge sets your bail at $200,000, you'll need to pay the company $20,000 for them to agree to post bail for you.
The 10% premium is non-refundable because it's the company's fee for rendering its services. Even if you make all court appearances or the judge dismisses your case, you won't have the 10% premium back. Bail bond companies have bail bondsmen or bail bond agents with whom defendants will transact.
The Bonds Process
Once the judge sets bail, the first step you should take is to call and talk with a licensed, professional bail bonds agent or have your friend/family member do it for you. The agent will need to know information regarding your arrest, and the process is officially begun.
Using the info they obtained from you, the agent prepares a contract and bond application. This document is not very long, and your loved one can easily fill it via email or fax if you or they are incapable of meeting with the agent in person.
You or the person transacting with the bail bond agents on your behalf (co-signer) should understand that you/they are taking financial obligation for the total bail amount should you fail to appear in court. If you fail to show up in court, you/they will have to pay the whole bail amount. The agent will explain all responsibilities before signing the bond contract.
After you or your co-signer has completed the necessary paperwork and paid the 10% premium, the bail bond agent will travel to the jail where you are being held to post the bail bond. Bonds in Redondo Beach jail can be posted 24/7. Therefore, regardless of when you start to process the bond, you won't have to wait until business hours to be set free.
Generally, it takes approximately twenty minutes to secure a bond. Then, it typically takes between forty-five and ninety minutes for the jail to set you free after paying bail. The jail mandates that the agency you hire to post bail for you be licensed by the California Department of Insurance, but it can't suggest specific bail bond agents with whom to work. Bail bond agents advertise through phone books, the internet, billboards, and television. Ensure you verify the agent's license and keep copies of all documents for your records.
Note that some bail bond companies will require you to provide collateral so that should you fail to attend court, they can sell it and recover their bail money. Collateral could be anything valuable, such as a car, jewelry, or a title to a house.
Federal and Appeal Bonds in Redondo Beach
Some Redondo Beach bond agencies issue bonds for appeals and federal crimes. The premium for federal bonds is usually 15 percent of the total bail amount, while that for appeal bonds is 20 percent. And just like it is for state cases, these premiums are non-refundable. The criteria courts use to determine whether to grant or deny bail is similar for appellate, federal, and state court cases. However, the procedures for each of these venues vary substantially.
Like in state courts, the bail amount will be returned to the bonds company that posted it if you make all court appearances as scheduled until your case is resolved. And if you don't appear or flee the city, the court will keep the money and issue a bench warrant for your arrest.
Setting Federal Bail
Unlike state criminal cases, federal courts don't refer to a bail schedule. Rather, a Pretrial Services Officer will interview you. The officer will also investigate your criminal history, family, employment, financial background, and community ties and then recommend the bail amount you should pay to the court. The U.S attorney also makes their recommendations.
The judge will then determine the bail amount you should pay. If you're deemed a threat to the public (for instance, you have an extensive criminal history or are involved in gang activities or organized crime) or flight risk (for example, you are an immigrant involved in a major drug case), the judge is most likely to deny bail.
In federal courts, an appearance bond is posted for the defendant's release as a way to secure their court appearances. The court sets an appearance bond. It could be unsecured or secured. A secured bond can be partially or entirely secured with various items, including property, cash, a bail bond, or collateral (titles to cars, bonds, stick notes, and more). And if the bond is unsecured, you and your co-signer, if any, have to agree in writing to pay the full bail amount if you fail to make all court appearances as scheduled.
Staying Out of Custody During an Appeal
A judge could grant you bail after you've already been convicted but have appealed your case (bond on appeal), provided the conviction isn't for a crime punishable by the death penalty. Much like a release on bail in usual criminal proceedings, making bail for appeal cases allows defendants to be out of custody while the judge decides on their case.
In many cases, the judge weighs several factors when determining whether to grant you a bond on appeal, including whether you're filing the appeal for purposes of delay, flight risk, a threat to others, and whether your appeal will likely lead to a reversal. Should you fail to make court appearances or surrender if your appeal is declined, the court will hold onto the bail amount. Both the appellate and trial courts have the discretion to grant a bond on appeal.
Forfeiture and Exoneration of Bail
Bail isn't a punishment. Instead, it's an inducement to a defendant to show up in court. Due to this, the bail money will be paid back (exonerated) if you keep your promise to attend court as scheduled. On the contrary, the bail amount will be given up (forfeited) if you break that promise.
When bail is exonerated, you have the right to be refunded any amount you posted to pay bail (if you hired a bonds company, the money would be refunded back to the company and its obligation terminated). Bail exoneration can take place if:
- You're found guilty and sentenced to probation or incarceration. Since bail isn't a punishment, the government doesn't hold on to the money paid because you're guilty. But if your sentence includes restitution, fines, or court costs, and you paid the bail with property or cash, then all or part of what you paid will be applied towards your fines.
- The case ends in your favor, for instance, by dismissal or acquittal. But should you fail to keep your promise to show up in court for a trial or any hearing and your case is dismissed after a failed promise, bail won't be exonerated. Additionally, if your case ends with a dismissal, bail won't be exonerated for fifteen days.
- You surrendered to the authorities for a good cause. If you fail to appear in court, a bail bond agent is allowed 180 days to hunt you down, arrest you, and hand you over to the authorities before bail forfeiture. If you present yourself to the police voluntarily and give a valid reason why you didn't show up, your bail could be exonerated. These reasons include:
- You were Ill. Present a statement or medical report to corroborate it.
- You're disabled or became disabled and couldn't attend.
- You have a mental illness.
- Another jurisdiction arrested and detained you.
On the other hand, your bail money is forfeited if you fail to show up in court when required. When bail forfeiture occurs, the government takes ownership of the property or cash you paid. If you hired a bail bond company to post bail for you, the company would be mandated to pay the total bail amount.
Conditions for Bail or O.R Release
When the judge grants you O.R release or bail, they can impose various conditions meant to safeguard the public and ensure you'll appear in court. These conditions may include the requirement to:
- Surrender your driver's license or passport.
- Submit to random drug tests if accused of a felony drug crime.
- Stay away from the witnesses and supposed victims.
- Wear an electronic monitoring device.
- Check into an inpatient treatment facility.
Redondo Beach jail
401 Diamond Street
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Inmate Reception Center
450 Bauchet Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012, United States
825 Maple Ave.
Torrance, CA 90503
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