Information On Bail In California

Bail is the system by which a defendant in a criminal case posts a bond with the court so that they may be released from jail pending resolution of their criminal matter. Bail may be posted through a bail bondsman for a fee of which only a small portion of the bond is posted by the defendant or the defendant may post the full amount to avoid any fees.

Note: On October 1, 2019 the bail system is California is scheduled to dramatically change with the passage of Senate Bill 10. The bill provides for the elimination of cash bail and for it to be replaced by a system of judicial discretion for felony offenses. There will no longer be any misdemeanors that will require bail.

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