Bond Hearing Lawyer San Diego
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Bond hearings are often the first legal proceedings your attorney will help you through after you have been arrested for a crime. Getting booked in the county jail can be scary if you have never been arrested before. You may spend several hours or days feeling very uncomfortable and not sure who you can talk to or what you should say.
In the hours after you have been charged with a crime, try to contact a San Diego bond hearing attorney. You have a right to an attorney at any point in a police investigation and after you have been incarcerated. While anyone can bail you out of jail for a certain price set by the courts, your attorney can play an important role during your bond hearing.
What is Bail and Bond?
A bail is the monetary amount a defendant must pay to leave the jail until subsequent hearings. The bail amount is essentially a security deposit to the court that says that you will appear at all mandatory court hearings. At the end of a case, the bail money will be returned to the defendant if he or she appeared at all hearings.
Bail amounts can be very expensive depending on the crime a defendant has been charged with. When bail is too high for a defendant to pay out of pocket, he or she will typically use a bond to pay the bail amount. For a certain percentage of the bail total, a bondsman will put up the rest of the money, allowing you to leave jail until your case has concluded. The bondsman will typically keep the amount you provide as a percentage of the bail total.
Although many individuals go directly to bondsmen or family members for bail, a bond hearing attorney may offer the best way to handle putting up bail. During a bond hearing, your attorney can make a case to have the bail amount reduced or completely eliminated.
What Is A Bond Hearing?
The bond hearing usually takes place within 24 hours of the time of arrest. In a bond hearing, you may ask the judge to release you on your own recognizance, meaning you will not have to pay bail at all. Unless the court has reason to believe you are a danger to the community, that you might flee, or that you may otherwise miss your court appearances, you may save thousands of dollars by asking for an O.R. release.
The gravity of the offense, criminal history, and public safety considerations are just a few of the factors a judge will examine before agreeing to reduce or eliminate a bail amount. For serious accusations including violent crimes and felonies, a judge may not be able to reduce or eliminate bail amounts unless there are other influencing factors.
Get Representation for Your Bond Hearing in CA
While you can argue for bail to be reduced or dropped on your own, the prosecution may look for ways to prove to the court that bail should actually be increased or that you should not be released on bond at all. Having a skilled defense attorney by your side can help you present the information needed to get you out of the system so you can focus on building a defense for your case.
At The Law Office of George Gedulin, we start working for our clients immediately. Whether you are being investigated for a crime or have just been charged, we can help you understand and prepare for the next steps in your case. A large part of facing a trial involves getting through multiple court appearances. We can help you face those proceedings with confidence so we can focus on a strategy for getting the charges dismissed, earning an acquittal, or reducing the charges.
Reach out to our bond hearing lawyers in San Diego today for more information about our services.
16 Counts, Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a Minor Sentence Reduced, All Other Charges Dropped
Client charged with multiple sexual assault offenses, facing 16 years in prison. Convicted of One Count of Sex with a Minor, 2 years Jail, All other charges dismissed.
24 Count, Insurance Fraud Conspiracy, Grand Theft in excess of $250,000 Reduced Sentence, Other Charges Dropped
Client charged as head of conspiracy to present false claims to insurance companies, losses over $250,000. Client facing 22 years in State Prison. Convicted of two counts of insurance fraud, sentenced to 2 years in jail, remaining charges dismissed.
Assault with semi-automatic Firearm, Criminal Threat, Domestic Violence Dismissed Charges
Charges exposed client to 8 years in State Prison and two serious strike felonies. Court dismisses all gun related charges at preliminary hearing, client pleads to domestic violence charge only, no custody.
Felony Domestic Violence Arrest All criminal charges dismissed
After arrest, defense investigation reveals that spouse was aggressor and caused harm to client, all criminal charges dismissed.
Felony Gun Possession, Felony Child Abuse Charges Dismissed
Client charged with felony gun possession and endangering life of a child being in illegal possession of loaded weapons in the home. Potential 6 year Prison sentence. Child endangerment charges dismissed, NO Custody.
Possession of 5KG of Methamphetamine while Armed with Loaded Gun Probation and Other Charges Dismissed.
Client facing 4 counts of possessing large quantity of Methamphetamine for sale and a loaded gun with no serial number. District Attorney offer of 6 years in State Prison. Ultimate resolution was a plea to gun possession only, probation and credit for time served with no additional jail time. All other charges dismissed.
Restraining Order, Accusations of Sexual Assault Case Dismissed
Defense Victory at trial for restraining order, Judge dismissed complaint against client, finding victims allegations and testimony not-credible.
Shoplifting from Naval Commissary Case Dismissed
Case Dismissed, record sealed in Federal Court
Welfare Fraud No Custody, Case Dismissed Following Probation
6 Counts of Fraud by Misrepresentation and Perjury. Possible 4 year prison sentence maximum. Defense negotiated with prosecution for Diversion Program.
Marijuana Possession for Sale/Transportation Plea to Simple Possession, Probation and Fines,
½ pound of Marijuana, $5,000, baggies, scales and Marijuana storage paraphernalia, potential 4 years in jail, Defense argued insufficient evidence to prove sales of Marijuana or Drug Trafficking and filed motion to return all seized property.