July 1, 2014 • Jerod Gunsberg, Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer
You find out that a loved one has been arrested in jail somewhere in California. You want to get him or her out immediately. It’s understandable. But before calling one of the hundreds of bail bond companies
1) A Lawyer Can Tell You if a Bail Reduction or “O.R.” Release is Possible.
Before you call a bail bond company to take your loved one out of jail, call a qualified criminal defense attorney first. A bondsman will gladly take your money, but it may not be money well spent. In many cases, an attorney can go into court to get you or your loved one an “Own Recognizance” or “O.R.” release. An “O.R.” release means that you do not have to post any bail. If an O.R. is not possible, a lawyer may be able to get a lower bail. In some cases, a lawyer can prevent charges from being filed by the prosecutor, but if you bail out immediately after an arrest, then the money you paid to the bondsman is non-refundable, even if no charges are filed. Nobody wants to sit in jail any longer than necessary, but if money is tight and you know you need to hire a criminal defense lawyer,it may be worth waiting a couple of days for your lawyer to talk to police, prosecutors, and the judge.
2) Good Lawyers Know Good Bail Bond Companies
All too often, criminal defense lawyers get calls from people who have already spent all their money on bail and cannot afford to hire a lawyer. If bail is unavoidable, a good criminal defense lawyer will refer you to reputable bond agencies that will work with you on a payment plan that will allow you to stay out of jail and still afford an attorney.
3) Even if you Bail Out After Your Arrest, Bail Can Be Raised At Your First Court Date
Even if you bail out after your arrest, the prosecutor can ask the court to raise your bail once charges are filed. That’s right, you could spend thousands of dollars to be bailed out after an arrest, and then forced to spend thousands more after the first court date .An attorney can advise you about whether or not this will happen and can take steps to prevent this from happening.