Following an individual’s arrested, they are escorted to a law enforcement station for booking and processing. Following this process, they will learn whether they are eligible for bail or not. Simply put, bail is an opportunity to secure a defendant’s release via a monetary payment. This is considered a surety that the defendant will indeed appear in court when required. As bail amounts in California are the highest in the nation, most defendants and/or their families, will seek the assistance of a bail bonds Santa Monica firm.
In California, bail amounts are set by each individual county. This is called a bail schedule. This schedule is set by a panel of county judges, and reviewed on an annual basis. It is also an unfortunate fact that bail amounts in the state of California are the highest of anywhere in the nation.
Normally, when the defendant and/or their family are unable to raise the money for the bail, they will seek the assistance of professionals such as Santa Monica Bail Bonds. Many see the opportunity of paying a bail bonds fee to have the defendant released, as beneficial. It is much more financially viable to find 10% of the total amount of bail, than the actual full amount of the bail itself. In cases where the bail bonds fee may be a little high, our bail bonds company will work in with qualifying clients to organize a payment plan.
There some instances where money is not required at all. A defendant can be released on what is called an “O.R.,” (own recognizance). This basically means that an individual can be released from custody without being required to post any monetary security at all. The judge is trusting the defendant to return to court when required, despite not paying a surety.
As with any bail, or release from custody, the judge will of course have to take many things into consideration before deciding if a defendant can be trusted with being released on O.R. The seriousness of the crime will be the major factor in the judge’s decision, along with whether there is any risk to the community if the defendant is released. Other contributing factors include, defendant’s ties to the community, family connections, any prior criminal record, current employment, and the defendant’s character.
A judge might also choose to attach certain conditions to the O.R., such as periodic reporting to an officer, or even travel restrictions. A release on O.R., means the defendant will have to adhere to all conditions in order to stay out of jail until their court date. Should the defendant fail to keep with the conditions of the O.R., or not appear in court when required, a warrant will be immediately issued for their arrest.
If you, or a loved one has been arrested, and are not eligible for O.R., call us straight away on (310) 496-7586. Our user-friendly website contains even more interesting information.