The police department uses the Los Angeles County bail schedules to set bail, and in some serious cases may seek to enhance bail through the Bail Deviation Program.
May the judge reduce bail or release a person on their own recognizance at court? Yes. California law allows the judge to set your bail and deviate from the bail schedule based on your criminal history, your flight risk, and the specific facts of your case.
May a judge deny bail, increase or decrease bail differently from the bail schedule?
Yes. The judge may deny, increase or decrease your bail in a warrant or court order.
The purpose of the bail schedules is to fix an amount upon which a person who is arrested without a warrant may be released from custody prior to appearance in court.
At and after the defendant's first appearance, pursuant to Penal Code section 1269b(b), the amount of bail, if any is allowed, lies with the sound discretion of the judicial officer before whom the defendant appeared, and which may be greater or less than the amount set forth in the bail schedules, subject to the provisions of Penal Code section 1275.
This schedule may also be used by a judge in fixing bail pursuant to Penal Code section 815a at the time an arrest warrant is issued, the amount of which also lies with the sound discretion of the judge.
What is the procedure for posting cash bail at the Redondo Beach Police Department?
You must deposit the full amount of bail in cash only to the police department.
The Redondo Beach Police Department does not accept cashier’s checks, money orders, personal checks, debit cards or credit cards.
Example: If your bail amount is $20,000, you must provide $20,000 cash to the police department.
How may I recover the cash bail money when the case is concluded? May I apply cash bail to a fine that might be imposed? Inquire at the court to determine the method to recover cash bail at the conclusion of the case. The court’s website advises that cash bail may be applied to a fine at the time of sentencing if the depositor is the defendant or a third-party who signed the bail receipt giving the Court permission to do so at the time of deposit. If the bail amount is refunded, allow 4-6 weeks processing time for the depositor to receive the refund. Checks are issued from the Auditor-Controller's Office in Los Angeles.
What is a bail bond and how does it work?
A bail bond allows you to obtain the release of a person by paying an insurance company/bail agent a percentage of the full bail amount, while providing collateral property as security.
A bail bond does not require you to pay the full amount of the bail in cash to the court/police department for bail, if an insurance company/bail agent will issue the bond for you.
You pay an unrefundable amount of about 8% to 10% of the full bail amount to the insurance company and provide collateral property or credit to it for the full amount.
The insurance company/bail agent provides the court/police department with a surety bond for you to be released.
Example: Your bail is $20,000. You would pay the $2,000 that you will not be able to recover from company. You own a house worth more than $20,000 and you put up collateral such as second trust deed or mortgage on the house.
You should read all agreements thoroughly, asking questions until all items and obligations are understood.
A bail bond is a surety bond and a different method to obtain the release of a person from jail while awaiting trial on criminal charges. Someone arrested on a criminal charge may be held until trial, unless they furnish the required bail. The posting of a bail bond acquired by or on behalf of the incarcerated person is one means of meeting the required bail. When a bond is issued, the bonding company guarantees that the defendant will appear in court at a given time and place. The Government entity (state or federal) in whose court the defendant must appear, is protected by the bond. If the defendant fails to appear, the bond amount becomes payable and is forfeited as a penalty by the surety insurer issuing the bond. Bail bonds are issued by licensed "Bail Agents" who specialize in their underwriting and issuance. Bail agents act as the appointed representatives of licensed surety insurance companies.
Will the Redondo Beach Police Department recommend a bail bond company?
No. The police department will not recommend a bail bond company to you.
You may locate numerous bail bond companies online and in the telephone book.
Each bail bond company will provide you with information about the fees for their services and their terms. Fees and terms may vary between companies.
Does the Redondo Beach Police Department require a licensed bail bond company?
If you seek to use a bail bondsman for the release of an inmate, you must use a bail bond company licensed by the California Department of Insurance.
How to post a bond
Contact the bail bondsman of your choice.
The bail bondsman will tell you if you must meet at the police station.
The bail bondsman will present the bonds at the police department to the jailer.
The jailer will check the bonds for accuracy, and the bondsman will no longer be needed by the jailer.
The jailer will complete all documentation related to the bond and will prepare the release documentation for the inmate. This process usually takes approximately 15 minutes.
The inmate will be given an opportunity to make a phone call prior to release to arrange for transportation home.
The jailer will release the inmate out of custody into the police department lobby.
The inmate will not receive any court dates from the jail. All information about inmate court dates will be given to the inmate by the bail bondsman.
The inmate must contact the bail bondsman for these dates after being released from custody.
If the inmate does not appear in court on the scheduled court date, a warrant may be issued for his/her arrest.
Who licenses and regulates bail agents?
Bail agents are licensed and regulated by the California Department of Insurance.