Despite what may be frequently shared in the local news, there are some crimes more common than others in California. Throughout the state, when these common crimes are committed there are set bail amounts that are typical. However, the judge ultimately decides the final bail amount based on your individual circumstances. There is a difference between misdemeanors and felony charges as well. For example, a public intoxication is a misdemeanor and can typically have a bail set at $200-500, whereas felony charge can easily have bail starting at $20,000. Today, we at Ajua Bail Bonds would like to discuss the common crimes and general bail amount for each of them in California.
Typical Bail Amounts By Crime
Assault: When in a fist fight or when weapons are involved, you can receive assault charges. Used to refer to attacks that result in more severe injuries are aggravated assault is the charges and falling into this category are assault with a firearm. Bail amounts for assault generally begin around $25,000 and can run upwards of a million dollars if the judge determines there was also intent to rape. Frequently having a higher bail set around $100,000 is attacks on police officers or other officials
Burglary / Theft: A repeat offense may bring on bail amounts of up to $20,000 but petty theft such as shoplifting is usually a misdemeanor. Bail for burglary (breaking and entering) is around $50,000, on private residential property. The bail is set higher if there are other charges for violence or sexual offenses, however. Depending on whichever is higher, starting at $20,000 or the value of the items stolen concerns many uncomplicated thefts.
Drug Possession: Either a misdemeanor or crime depending on the substance and quantity found is possession of any illegal substances and drugs, including prescription drugs if you don’t have the prescription. There are regulations you must follow though marijuana is now legal as a recreational drug in California, for instances. The amounts you can legally possess are small, but you are only allowed to consume it in private, for example. You may also receive a charge in the event you are not an authorized seller and are found possessing large enough quantities to sell. Bail amounts around $20,000 and can run upwards of $100,000 for 1 pound of a substance up to millions of dollars where the drug possession charges begin generally. Ultimately, depends in the drug and the amount you have in your possession.
DUI: Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal, whether or not you pass a drug or breathalyzer test; keep in mind law enforcement may charge you for merely being too impaired to drive based on the officer’s observations. A first offense DUI charge results in a bail of $5000 in most counties in California and the amounts are higher if it is a repeat offense.
Restraining Order Violations: Violating a temporary or protective order usually results in a bail of $15,000. The judge will evaluate the defendant’s flight risk, prior criminal record and the combination of the charges made as all bail amounts are subject to the judge’s discretion. The higher the bail is set reflect the more charges made and the longer the criminal record. Under some circumstances, the judge may not even set bail, which requires that the person in question remain under custody until the court date.
Weapons Charges: Illegally possessing a loaded weapon or having a concealed weapon without a license are just a few examples of the many weapon charges that are common in California. The first offense with no criminal record usually starts with bail amounts of $20,000 in such cases under general circumstances.
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No matter what crimes or your bail amount is, when you have the opportunity to post bail, Ajua Bail Bonds is readily available to help you or your loved one. Call us as soon as possible so we can get you out quickly.