In a first of a series of articles we address criminal court procedure in California with specific focus on how each county does things. Many people assume that criminal procedure is consistent across all the counties in California and this simply is not the case. While your rights will remain consistent the actual procedures of court vary widely. Let's dig in.
If you or someone you know is arrested, you need to know what bail is. Essentially, you (or a friend or family member) will pay bail to secure your release from jail after arrest and booking. Bail is a tool the courts use to make sure you will appear at your court dates and stay in the area after your release. Until the case is over, you must abide by the bail's conditions. Here are some things you need to know about bail:
The court will set bail for you following your arrest or right after your initial appearance. As a Fresno criminal attorney can explain, you will have to follow the conditions set by the court when you are released on bail. For instance, you may be required to adhere to court-ordered restrictions such as confinement to your home.
The judge in your criminal case will determine whether you will remain detained until trial, be released on your own recognizance, or be released on bond. Your criminal defense lawyer in Fresno has explained both unsecured bonds and cash bonds below.
I can say for certain the grass is not greener on the other side. At least not for us Californian's when we think about our criminal justice system as compared to Mississippi's system. Apparently, in Mississippi, a person can be held indefinitely in jail without being formally charged of a crime, with no attorney, and no proof of guilt after a trial.