You may feel stressed, confused, or scared if you have been charged with a crime and are involved in the criminal justice system of California. However, there is hope with a process known as a bail hearing. At a bail hearing, in short, you and your attorney will be asking the court to reduce or eliminate your bail or ask for a modification. However, there are many aspects that the judge will consider as it pertains to your hearing.
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In California, the judge will be considering many aspects of your life to make a complete decision about how to handle your bail. The first thing they will examine is your history or character. Some of the factors they will take into consideration include physical and mental condition, financial ties, family ties, history with drug or alcohol abuse, criminal history, appearance at court proceedings, and your length of residence within the community.
The second thing they will consider is your risk to the community. If you pose a threat to the community, you will be held without bail in many circumstances. A number of conditions may be imposed onto you by the court if you wish to have your bail reduced or eliminated. For example, you may have to limit travel, seek employment, undergo psychological treatment, comply with a curfew, and much more.
If you were charged with a serious or violent felony, the judge will not be able to reduce your bail in California court unless he finds unusual circumstances or good cause. This refers to a change in your situation, in the facts of the case, or proceedings. However, even if you post bail, the judge will be able to make the decision of whether or not you will remain in custody.
No matter what your situation or what goal you want to accomplish, it is vital to have a defense attorney on your side. Call us today for more information on how we can help you through a difficult time. At The Law Office of Peter Blair, we are here for you.