Bail Reductions in Los Angeles Criminal Cases
Bail Help from a Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer
Our first priority is to get the defendant out of jail. A defendant out
of custody is in a better position to help in his or her own defense.
The Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers at Stephen G. Rodriguez &
Partners have the experience to deal with bail, bail reduction, and obtaining
the release of their clients without posting bail, commonly known as Own
Recognizance (also known as O.R.). Own Recognizance refers to the release
of the defendant on his or her own promise to appear in court without
Bail is the means used to secure a person's release from jail. Bail
is generally set according to a countywide bail schedule. The purpose
of bail is to ensure the personal appearance of the defendant at all the
required court proceedings.
If the bail is reasonable we can arrange for a bail bondsman to contact
you and immediately post bail. If the bail is too high and we anticipate
we can lower the bail or obtain the release of the defendant at the first
court appearance, then we will suggest that the defendant remain in jail
for 48 hours. At the first court appearance we can argue for no bail.
If we are successful then the defendant's family saves a considerable
amount of money that can be put toward the defendant's legal defense.
Many times, the family members rush to bail the defendant from jail and
end up with no money to hire the lawyers. Sometimes the bail is increased
at the first court appearance and the defendant is taken back into custody
unless the family makes arrangements to pay the higher bail.
If the amount of bail is too high, we can petition the court to reduce
the bail. In setting the amount of bail the judge takes into account the
- Public safety
- The seriousness of the criminal offense
- The prior criminal record of the defendant
- The likelihood of the defendant making all the required court appearances.
We will use these same factors to reduce the bail plus any additional favorable
information such as: the defendant has no prior failures to appear in
court (FTA); and the defendant lives in the community with his or her
family and owns their home and is therefore not likely to be a flight risk.
Los Angeles Criminal Attorneys
We have a successful track record in getting our clients out of jail. Our
experience and knowledge of the bail process and the court system enables
us to get our clients out as quickly as possible. We offer jail visits
and a no-charge initial consultation. Our office is located 10 minutes
from the Los Angeles county jail and walking distance to the Los Angeles
Criminal Courts Building. If you have any questions about bail and need
straight-forward answers, call us. We can help!
Contact a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney
if you need to get your bail reduced.