Most people are shocked when they learn someone they care for has been arrested and taken to the Santa Rita Jail. Bail amounts in California are among the highest in the nation. Finding out a loved one has a bail amount that has been set in the tens of thousands of dollars can be enough to have your stomach feel as if it is being turned inside out.
If the defendant has never been in trouble before, is it possible to negotiate a lower bail amount with the jail?
The answer to that question is no. When someone is arrested in Alameda County the crime they are being accused of will be cross referenced against the county bail schedule. This is a document that is set each year by a panel of superior court judges and it lets the jailer know which bail amounts are to correspond with what crimes. Very serious crimes have higher bail amounts where as lower bail amounts are assigned to minor crimes. A judge is the only person who has the authority to raise, lower or remove someone’s bail.
If you have additional questions about how bail bonds work in Alameda County and want to know what you need to do to get someone out of jail fast, Adelante Bail Bonds can help. Call us now at 510-291-4169 for a confidential, free consultation.