If you are like most people, you never imagined you’d be contacted by someone who needs help arranging Livermore bail bonds. Finding out that someone you care for has been taken into custody can be a complete shock to your system. If they are able to call you from inside the jail try to grab a pen and paper. Be sure to get the correct spelling of their name, their date of birth, the approximate time of their arrest, the nature of the crime they are being accused of and their bail amount, if they know it.
Bail amounts in California are higher than anywhere else in the country. The average is often set between $20,000 and $30,000. You may find yourself wondering how this could be. Why is it so high? What if this person has never been in trouble before? Are bail amounts for men greater than they are for women?
When a person is arrested they will be informed of their right to remain silent and that they have the right to consult with an attorney. When they arrive at the jail they will be photographed, fingerprinted and their information will be typed into the computer. The jailer will then pull out the county bail schedule. This document is set every year by a panel of Superior Court judges. It lists every crime a person could be charged with and it also lists a corresponding bail amount for each one. For example, most people who are arrested for domestic violence will have bail amounts of either $25,000 or $50,000, depending on the circumstances surrounding the arrest. Bail amounts are standardized throughout the county. It does not matter whether the person has a clean record. Their gender is not taken into consideration.
A second factor that is taken into consideration is whether this person poses a threat to public safety. Someone who is accused of a very violent and heinous crime can have that amount set much higher than is required by the bail schedule. The law requires all persons who are not accused of a capital offense to be granted bail. The law does not say the court is unable to set that amount in the hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars. Persons who have extremely high bail amounts often have a hard time arranging a bond.
A third factor that comes into play is whether the accused has ties to the community. Someone who is accused of an extremely serious crime, but has ties to the community, will often have a lesser bail amount that someone who is a permanent resident of a different country. Defendants who do not have ties to the community are considered to be a potential flight risk. High amounts help ensure they will return to court to handle their case.
If you have additional questions about how bail is set for persons arrested by a Livermore Police Department officer, be sure to contact an expert local bondsman you can trust.