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Can’t Make Bail, Stay in Jail—Or Is There Another Way?
“Bail” is money that the court requires you to pay in order to assure your court appearances. You post bail by either paying the full amount in cash or, more commonly, through a bail bond. You can secure a bail bond through a bail bondsman (or bail agent). Bail bondsmen agree to post your bail in exchange for a maximum 10% of the full bail amount. This 10% is a nonrefundable fee.
The amount of bail varies depending on the crime involved, and each county has an established bail amount for each charged offense. San Diego DUI cases start bail amounts at $2500. And increase based on: repeat offenders, criminal history, and circumstances around the offense.
What Should I Do?
If you or a loved one is arrested for a DUI, your first action should be to contact a skilled
criminal defense attorney, especially if you cannot make bail or do not know the process.
A skilled criminal defense attorney will know that you can reduce bail amounts and will
know the appropriate procedure for accomplishing this in the least amount of time.
A California Bail Reduction Hearing:
A California bail hearing presents you with an opportunity to ask the San Diego court to either:
- reduce your bail, or
- eliminate bail altogether by releasing you on your own recognizance.
California bail hearing laws provide the judge with a great deal of discretion when it comes to setting, modifying, or eliminating your bail. When deciding whether to modify your bail, the judge considers:
- the seriousness of the alleged offense (including any injuries to the alleged victim, any threats to the alleged victim, whether any weapons were allegedly used, and whether any drugs were allegedly involved),
- your prior criminal history,
- your probability of appearing for future court appearances, and,
- public safety.
When Should the Bail Reduction Hearing Take Place?
The ideal situation is before the first scheduled hearing or during the first scheduled hearing. A skilled criminal defense attorney that knows DUI laws and the San Diego court system and practices will know when and how to best present your bail reduction request.
The Monder Law Group is very familiar with San Diego County practices. Vik Monder is a highly skilled criminal defense attorney that knows the ins and outs of DUI laws. He knows how to present your bail reduction hearing at or before your preliminary hearing. He knows how to present your case to the judge and argue the situation in your favor. He will fight for your rights and protect your interests. Call the Monder Law Group today.