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How Long Does it Take for Bail to Be Set?

When your loved one has been arrested and is being held in jail, you want them out of that situation as quickly as possible. However, the process of bringing your loved one home can’t begin until bail is set. Let’s discuss how long that process takes and how bail is set for each person.

How Soon After an Arrest is Bail Set?

Typically, bail is set within 48 hours of being arrested. After this, you may contact a bail bond agency to begin the process of bailing your loved one out. Once this is complete, your loved one may return home in as little as 30 minutes, but usually around 4 hours.

Bail Scheduling Systems

The cost of bail is determined on a case-by-case basis. Because it can be difficult to analyze each case fully, some areas rely on a bail scheduling system to determine the bail amount.

Los Angeles County uses bail schedules for infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. Bail schedules provide guidelines for judges but ultimately it is up to the judge to set a fair amount of bail.

In Los Angeles, someone arrested for a felony offense will typically have their bail set at around $20,000. However, individuals being held for violent felonies may not have the opportunity for bail. Bail for misdemeanor offenses can range anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to $50,000.

When setting bail amounts, judges will also take into consideration outside factors about the defendant. For example, if this is the defendant’s first offense and they have a family, the judge may give them a lower bail amount than what the bail schedule suggests.
In comparison, if the defendant has a criminal record or a history of missing court, the judge may set a higher bail than what is recommended in the bail schedule.

To view Los Angeles County’s felony bail schedule, click here.
To view Los Angeles County’s infraction and misdemeanor bail schedule, click here.

Need Bail Now?

The Bail Boys are available 24/7 so that as soon as your loved one’s bail is set, you can bring them home. Call us today at (800) 798-7366 to speak with our licensed bail agents about the bail bonding process.