My niece was arrested several days ago and we were shocked to find out her bail was set at $50,000. She has never even gotten a parking ticket! Why was her bail set so high? Do we need to pay that full amount to get her out of jail?
In the state of California, bail amounts are set county by county on an annual basis. Each year a panel of Superior Court judges reviews all of the charges a defendant can face and takes a look at their corresponding, assigned bail amounts. These amounts do not typically fluctuate much year to year. As a whole, California has some of the highest bail amounts in the county with the average being about $20,000.
There are several factors that come into play when a defendant’s bail is set. The first is whether they are considered to be a threat to public safety. The second is whether they have ties to the community, and if it is likely they will return to court to handle their case. People who have a low probability of returning to court will typically have higher bail amounts. Repeat offenders will also have higher bail amounts than people who have never been arrested in El Centro.
In terms of getting your niece out of jail, you do not need to pay that full amount. For a non-refundable fee equal to 10% of that, so in this case, $5,000, you can hire a bondsman to post a bond.
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