When you get the unexpected call that your loved one needs to be bailed out of jail, you may begin to panic. Why are they in jail? Are they okay? How much is the bail? Do you have enough in the bank? In many cases, you may not have the money needed readily available. Let’s discuss your options for getting someone out of jail without bond.
Setting the Price of Bail
The cost of your loved one’s bail will be determined based on many different factors.
- The severity of the crime: if the individual committed a misdemeanor offense, their bail will be much lower than it would be for a felony or federal offense. For the most severe offenses, like murder, bail may not be offered at all.
- Prior record: if the individual has a previous criminal record, their cost of bail will likely increase even if the most recent offense was not severe.
- Flight risk: if the individual has a past record of skipping court, leaving town, or otherwise shows signs of being a flight risk, they may be granted expensive bail or no bail at all.
- Community ties: if the individual has a job, kids, or other strong ties to the community, this may help them get lower bail. This is because it is inferred that individuals with responsibilities in the community will be more likely to remain in town and cooperate with the court.
Many counties also have bail schedules that serve as a guide to help judges set the amount of bail for each individual. Click here to view the Los Angeles Felony Bail Schedule.
How to Bail Someone Out of Jail in California Without a Bail Bond
If your loved one is given a high cost of bail based on the factors listed above, this can be incredibly stressful. However, if you cannot afford the cost of a bail bond, there are a few other ways your loved one may be able to be released from custody.
The judge may allow your loved one to be released on their own recognizance, which means there is no bail required. With this type of release, the defendant is only required to sign a paper promising that they will return for their court dates. This type of no-cost bail is granted to individuals who are unlikely to be a flight risk or danger and committed a minor crime.
You may be able to work with an attorney to get the judge to grant your loved one a signature bond. This is similar to an own recognizance release, as the defendant will not have to pay bail and only needs to sign a paper saying they will attend their court dates. If they skip or miss their court dates, however, there can be monetary penalties.
If your loved one has a past (nonviolent) criminal record, this may be the best option. If released with a PR bond, your loved one will be required to follow certain conditions like taking classes and attending therapy. This is not much different from standard bail conditions.
As long as the individual completes the requirements of the PR bond, and attends their court dates, they will remain free.
Bail Bond Payment Plans
If your loved one is ineligible for release through own recognizance, signature bond, or a PR bond, then a bail bond is your next best option. If you cannot afford to pay 10% of the bail, or don’t have collateral to put up in exchange for bond, Bail Boys Bail Bonds can work with you to find a payment plan that is manageable for your current financial situation.
To learn more about our no money down bail bonds and additional payment plans, click here.
Southern California Bail Bonds
When your loved one calls you asking for help paying bail, we understand that you want to take action immediately. If you need help getting your loved one out of jail, the bail bondsmen at Bail Boys Bail Bonds are here to help. Call us today at (800) 798-7366 to share your situation with our licensed California bail bond agents.