Contact Us for a Free Consultation (213) 542-0979


Guide to Posting Bail in Los Angeles County

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | May 22, 2024

For those people who have been arrested and bail is set, their loved ones are usually looking to bail them out, or the person themselves is anticipating a bail being set and trying to figure out the best way to handle the bail situation.

Typically, when the police arrest someone and no judges are available, they are responsible for setting the bail. In Los Angeles County, they often refer to the felony bail schedule, a list of pre-determined bails for various crimes agreed upon by judges. This is how the police usually set someone's bail.

If the person bails out, they will be released and given a future court date, usually 30 to 45 days away. Suppose the person decides not to bail out or does not have the means. In that case, they will usually be in court within two to three days, depending on whether a holiday doesn't count the days because the court is not open on a particular day.

Court Appearance

Once you appear in court, the prosecutors will decide what, if anything, to charge you with and then have a position on what they believe the recommended bail should be.

Posting Bail in Los Angeles County

The case will be called. The judge will set a future court date. Your attorney will be given all of the discoveries available in the case, and then the judge will turn to the issue of bail.

Usually, a judge looks at whether a person is a flight risk or a danger to the community when it comes to bail. The judge will listen to the prosecutor, observe the bail schedule, and listen to the defense attorney's arguments.

Sometimes, the defense will say that the person has a bunch of family members and family ties in the community, has a business in the community, has a home in the community, has no criminal record, or no failures to appear.

Of course, you can only argue what applies to your client. Ultimately, the judge will set the bail once both sides have argued.

Change in Circumstances

Once the bail is set, it's important to note that it cannot be changed unless there are significant changes in the case. For instance, if someone posts bail, appears in court, and the prosecutors file harsher charges or argue for a higher bail, the judge may increase the bail. In such a scenario, the person will be taken into custody at the arraignment.

When it comes to navigating the complexities of bail in Los Angeles, California, it's crucial to have the best possible legal representation on your side. If you need someone with extensive experience in this field and a proven track record of success, don't hesitate to reach out.

Let me, with over 30 years of experience, guide you through this challenging process. Pick up the phone now and set up a meeting with Ron Hedding.

Related Content:

About the Author

Ronald D. Hedding

What Makes Ronald Hedding Uniquely Qualified To Represent You? I've been practicing criminal defense for almost 30 years and have handled thousands of cases, including all types of state and federal sex crime cases. All consultations are discreet and confidential.