October 8, 2019 3:42 pm Published by

It appears that California is attempting to do away with bail bondsmen.  What they’re doing — again it appears because everything hasn’t been all structured up and set up — but it looks like it’s very similar to the federal system where basically a bail bondsman is not used.

California Money Bail Reform Act

California will become the first state in the nation to abolish bail for suspects awaiting trial under a sweeping reform bill. It’s called the California Money Bail Reform Act.

When the Judge sets bail, the bail is set and either no bail where the person can’t get out or they’re set at some sort of a property bond.  For example, where the person can put up property, deed over that property to the state and then if the person skips bond or doesn’t show up to court, then the state can actually foreclose on that property and collect their money for the bond.California Money Bail Reform Act

Also, a lot of things that are being done in the federal court which appears may be considered in the state courts across California is what’s called a signature bond, where the person signs and says that they will promise to appear in court.

The person themselves can actually do it.  That’s called a signature bond, where for example they sign something saying that if they don’t appear then they owe the court $25,000.00. In a typical domestic violence case, the bail is usually set around $50,000, which is quite high. The bond companies usually want some sort of collateral and are going to charge anywhere from seven to 10 percent for the premium.

Another option is to have someone that the person knows do a signature bond or multiple people could do a signature bond.  Basically, again what that means is if the person doesn’t show up for court, then the person that signed the signature bond would be responsible for whatever amount of money they signed for and then the government would obviously try to collect that money against the person.

Signature Bond

For example, someone could say that an individual has to do a $25,000.00 signature bond, and then the individual would sign the bond and after they sign the bond, as long as the person showed up and made all of their court appearances then there wouldn’t be any problems.

But, if the person didn’t show up or make their court appearances, then the individual who signed the signature bond would be responsible for paying whatever the amount of the signature bond is.  I don’t really understand why California is changing the bail system.

I’ve been doing this for twenty-five years and the bail system in California seems to make a lot more sense to me than the federal system.

In my opinion, it really appears to be targeted at bail bondsmen throughout California.  In Los Angeles, I think bail bondsmen are viewed as seedy and not operating in such a way that promotes justice.

So, I think the bail bondsmen are being targeted by the government.  I think there’s still a chance that somehow this changing of the bond system could be fought and hopefully defeated, but it’s still unclear what’s going to happen in the future.  You know, the legislature, the voters come up with new stuff all the time.  A lot of times they don’t think about the implementation of this system.

A new bail system is going to create all sorts of havoc and chaos and confusion.  But eventually, if it does go into effect, you’ll be able to figure it out and deal with it and obviously, using a good criminal defense attorney is going to be to your benefits in getting bail, getting out and getting justice for yourself.

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