Los Angeles Bail & Own Recognizance Release Lawyer
Bail Bond & O.R. Release Attorney in LA
A criminal defense lawyer from our law firm will focus on getting our clients released from custody as soon as possible. A client is best able to help in his defense when he is free to cooperate with his lawyer outside of the jail facility. Our 50 years experience in Southern California courts is an essential resource that our firm utilizes in getting bail reduced or having clients released O.R. Our criminal defense strategy is to successfully present arguments to reduce bail during the first court proceeding, the Arraignment.
At Arraignment, a client may be released O.R., which means on his or her recognizance without having to post bail. In the event a bail amount is set by the court, we counsel our clients and his or her family on how to post bail, to get the loved one released from custody as quickly as possible. Bail is financial assurance that a Defendant will return to court after being released from custody.
There are two ways to post bail. First, “cash” bail may be posted with the custodial agency to cover the entire amount of the bail. At the end of the case, if bail is exonerated, the defendant will receive a check for the entire amount posted (takes about 8-10 weeks). Second, a “bond” through a bail company may be posted. A defendant pays about 10% of the entire amount to a bail company, which puts up the entire bail amount through a bond. If bail is exonerated, the 10% is not returned to the defendant because this is the fee he paid to the bail company to post bail on his behalf (like an insurance premium). Although the standard bail fee is 10%, there are certain circumstances where clients can qualify for an 8% premium. The bond company requires that the attorney has already been retained before qualifying the individual for a reduction.
Contact a Los Angeles bail lawyer for a free case review.