How to Get Out on Bail After an Arrest in California

At the Griffin Law Office, APC, our San Diego criminal defense attorney represents clients arrested for various alleged crimes throughout California. One of the first things we are asked by the accused or their family members is how to get out of jail on bail. Here, our San Diego County defense lawyer provides a few tips to help expedite the process.

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Bail in California is determined through a process that considers various factors, with the primary goal of ensuring that the defendant appears in court for their scheduled hearings.  Hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer in San Diego allows you — the arrested or the individual posting bail on their behalf — to understand all the facts of the case.

This includes why the person was arrested, what they were charged with, and the severity of those charges. Based on those crucial details and whether the detained person has a criminal history that may impact the judge’s bail ruling, the bail amount will be set at arraignment or a bail hearing. The benefits of partnering with a criminal defense attorney to help you post bail in California include helping:

  • You and/or your loved one decide to post bail immediately or wait until after your arraignment.
  • You convince the judge that your bail should be listed at a low amount that will not burden your or your family’s finances.

Our San Diego criminal defense attorney acts as a surety for the court, legally vouching on your behalf that you will reappear in court as ordered by the judge. We can help present all the mitigating factors necessary for the judge to see you as a reliable defendant who listens to their defense attorney’s advice — instead of a potential flight risk or someone whose release endangers the public.

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Once bail is set, the defendant has three options for securing their release through the court or a bail bond agent:

  • Pay the total bail amount in cash directly to the court or jail.
  • Pay a percentage of the bail amount, usually 10%, and allow the bail agent to present a bond with the court for the entire amount on your behalf.
  • Present a property bond, an equity interest in real property as collateral — valued at twice the bail amount — to ensure your appearance in court.

If a defendant fails to appear in court as required, the court may issue a bench warrant for their arrest, and they may forfeit the bail amount or bond.

Are You Seeking Bail After Being Charged with a Crime in California?

If you have been arrested for a state crime in California, contact our skilled San Diego criminal defense attorney at the Griffin Law Office today to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue bail so we can help build your defense to seek the best outcome for your case by calling (619)-269-2131 today.

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