Our grandson was arrested a few days ago and his bail was set at $100,000. The family is very confused by this. He is attending college on a full academic scholarship, gets straight A’s in all his classes and does a lot of volunteer work. We have tried calling the Santa Rita Jail to ask why his bail was set so high but no one seems to be able to give us a straight answer. Can you help us understand how this happened?
When someone is arrested their bail is set based on the nature and severity of the crime they are being charged with, whether they have ties to the community and whether the defendant is considered to be a threat to the general public.
Bail amounts are set annually by a panel of Superior Court judges. Once a year these judges go over every charge a defendant could face and they decide on a corresponding bail for each one. When a defendant is being booked into the Santa Rita Jail the jailer opens up the county bail schedule, looks up the charge and selects the bail amount that is listed next to it.
If the family is unable to pay the full cost to purchase a bail bond up front you may consider looking around for a bondsman who offers payment plans. Some companies offer this, others do not. Some are very flexible and creative with their clients when it comes to bail bonds payment plans whereas others are much more strict.
If you have questions about how bail works in Dublin call Adelante Bail Bonds now at 510-291-4169.