Fresno Criminal Attorney Explains Bail and the Courts

Dec 16, 2015

“Bail” is one of the most commonly used terms in legal proceedings. One hears it in every courtroom drama. However, what is bail and what is its purpose? Below, we provide a quick guide.

The purpose of bail is to make sure that the accused will be in court on the date set. Bail is something of value—cash, bond, or property—that the accused provides to the court to ensure this. If the accused person does not come to court on the date set, the court has the bail to keep. A warrant for the arrest of the accused person’s may be issued if he or she does not show up on the date.

Judges in courts set the amount of bail. However, standard bail schedules that set amounts for common crimes are available in most jails. A defendant may pay the posted bail schedule to expedite their being released from jail. Waiting for a judge may take time that the defendant does not want to spend in jail.

A negotiation with the judge is possible if the amount of bail is too high for the accused to pay. The judge can be asked to lower bail on these grounds.

A defendant who has been bailed out must follow any conditions of release set by the courts. For example, the court may order that the defendant stay within a geographical area. If the condition is not followed, a revocation of bail may occur. This means that a defendant may be re-arrested and placed in jail again.

Bail procedures are set under California law.

Bail and court appearances are complex procedures. It is highly advisable to speak with a criminal attorney if you have any questions or concerns about bail or court appearances. Please contact us for an appointment.

Category: Criminal Cases

Michael Mitchell


Michael Mitchell is a Fresno attorney who practices in the areas of DUI, personal injury & criminal law. Visit his Google+ profile.