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How Long Will I Stay in Custody at Los Angeles County Jail?

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding, ESQ. | Sep 28, 2020

What is the Likelihood of Staying in Los Angeles County Jail if You're Charged with a Crime?

Right now, the Los Angeles county jail is under seize.  What I mean by that is that they have way too many inmates in their population for a number of reasons.

How Long Will I Stay in Los Angeles County Jail?
People are getting sentenced to prison from LA County, but due to the Coronavirus, the prisons aren't accepting new inmates.

First and foremost, the state prisons are not taking any new bodies as I write this post because of the Coronavirus.  That's one huge factor.

People are getting sentenced to prison — they're supposed to go to prison — but because of the Coronavirus, the prisons are now allowing anyone to go into them right now. That means

  • (1) we have people stacking up in the Los Angeles county jail who are supposed to be sent to state prison;
  • (2) all the new arrests that are going in and can't post bail and aren't being let out; and
  • (3) you have people serving sentences in county jail and people waiting to have their case called who are in custody.

So, it's a huge problem.  They recently let out over 4,000 inmates from the Los Angeles county jail.

Serious Felony Case Defendant's Remain in Custody

Bail, for the most part, since the Coronavirus has been at zero, unless a person is charged with a very serious crime.  That's really where people are going to have to stay in.

If you're charged with a third strike case, a violent felony, a sex crime, murder, attempted murder, kidnapping — all of these bad serious cases, even domestic violence – they keep you in there.

They have taken a stand when it comes to those serious crimes.  They're not just going to let the people out.

You're either going to have to fight and win your case — which is difficult — because right now as I make this post — over 7,000 jury trials are stacked up and people are just sitting in county jail waiting to get their jury trials heard.

So, you don't have people sitting in prison to get their jury trials.  They're sitting in the Los Angeles county jail.

Overcrowding at Los Angeles County Jail Facilities

The one good thing from their prospective is that there is not just one jail.  You have LA county jail on Bauchet Street.

You also have twin towers across the street where they can hold inmates and there are multiple towers there, and finally, you have Wayside which is a huge ranch that has many different inmates there.

So, they do have some capacity in Los Angeles county jail.  However, when you're talking about a situation where you're 15x more likely to get the Coronavirus if you're in the LA county jail than you are just sitting outside of it, and the inmates that are just stacking on top of each other right now, it is not a good place to be.

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Having done this for 26 years, this is the worst I've seen as far as overcrowding and issues.

The bottom line is, you're going to need to get an attorney who has a lot of experience if you want to get yourself or a loved one out of the LA county jail and you're charged with a very serious crime.

I do this all the time with a lot of success. If you need help, pick up the phone.  Ask to speak to Ron Hedding.

Whether it's you who are in custody or about to go into custody, or it's a family member, I stand at the ready to help you and do everything I can to get you out of the Los Angeles county jail.

Hedding Law Firm is a criminal defense law firm located in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles County at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436. Contact us for a free case evaluation at (213) 542-0979.

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About the Author

Ronald D. Hedding, ESQ.

Ronald D. Hedding, Esq., is the founding member of the Hedding Law Firm. Mr. Hedding has an extensive well-rounded legal background in the area of Criminal Law. He has worked for the District Attorney's Office, a Superior Court Judge, and as the guiding force behind the Hedding Law Firm. His multi-faceted experience sets Mr. Hedding apart and puts him in an elite group of the best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Southern California.