Bail Reduction

Los Angeles Bail Reduction Hearings – CPC 1269c

If you have been arrested for a crime, the court will determine a set amount of money that you must provide for the court to hold in order for you to be released from jail while awaiting your next hearing. This deposit of money is called “bail.” It is essentially a way for the court to guarantee that you will return to court for your next hearing because you want your money back. For this reason, the amount of bail set by the court varies greatly from person to person. And under certain circumstances, your West Covina criminal lawyer may even be able to have this amount reduced.

In some instances, bail may be set so high that you may not be able to get the money for your release. Your West Covina criminal lawyer may be able to expert present your circumstances to the judge to have the amount of bail lowered in order to have you released from jail. Your West Covina criminal lawyer will make this plea either at the arraignment hearing or at a separate hearing solely for the purpose of reducing bail.

Factors Considered by the Court in Reducing Bail

In making this petition, your West Covina criminal lawyer will take the following factors into consideration:

  • Do you have ties to the community?
  • Are you employed by the community?
  • Do you have family members in the community?
  • Have you previously appeared for scheduled hearings in the criminal court system or have a history of being a flight risk?
  • How much can you afford to pay given your circumstances?

Your West Covina criminal lawyer will work hard to present facts regarding each of these factors and may even bring in more details to show the court that you are not a flight risk if a lower bail amount is set. The court will then make its determination of whether to reduce the bail amount. If the court initially denies this petition, your West Covina criminal lawyer will be able to make another petition to reduce bail if your circumstances change.

If you or a loved one has been denied bail or has had bail set at a prohibitively high amount, contact Daniel V. Cota & Associates, P.C..  A skilled West Covina criminal lawyer at Daniel V. Cota & Associates, P.C. may be able to make a compelling argument to the judge that a lower bail is warranted.  To schedule a free consultation, contact Daniel V. Cota & Associates, P.C., toll free, at (800) 351-6860.

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