Fresno Criminal Attorney Points Out Potential New Developments with California's Bail System

Apr 05, 2017

A recent report from NBC Los Angeles highlights a new bill being proposed that will possibly change California's bail system.
As it stands, the system is especially burdensome to people who don't have a lot of money.
When people charged with a crime try to get released on cash bail, paying the full amount of bail themselves, they can wind up having to hand over tens of thousands of dollars, or more.
Granted, the money may get returned to them once their case is resolved (assuming they've appeared in court as ordered), but they often can't manage to pay it all upfront. As such, they may rely on bail bonds, in which a bail bondsman posts the bail in exchange for a non-refundable premium; although it's less than the full amount of bail, this premium can still wind up costing thousands of dollars.
Without the means of paying bail, people can get stuck in jail even if they're innocent of the crimes they're charged with.
The new bill proposes that the courts take into account factors such as income; it also pushes for a reduced use of bail altogether, in favor of other measures to help ensure that people charged with a crime don't flee or otherwise fail to appear in court. If it passes, it may wind up lightening some of the unfair financial burdens placed on people charged with crimes.
Reaching out to an experienced criminal attorney
Whether or not this new bill becomes law, it's important that you reach out to an experienced, reputable criminal attorney from the moment you're arrested for a crime. Your attorney will advocate for you in the courts, fighting for your fair treatment; you'll also receive assistance with negotiating the court system, including handling bail. Don't hesitate to contact us for legal advice and advocacy.


Category: Criminal Defense

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Michael Mitchell is a Fresno attorney who practices in the areas of DUI, personal injury & criminal law. Visit his Google+ profile.