In the justice system, “arraignment” is when a defendant, stands before a judge for the first time. This is not part of the trial. Arraignment occurs after the arrest and booking process, but before the trial. This is when the defendant is formally charged for a crime and the judge decides the defendant’s immediate fate. The judge will decide whether the defendant will be allowed bail, and if so, how much, or if he or she is to remain in custody during the trial.
Being released from jail poses a few options that are up to the judge:
- Bail is the amount of money owed in order to be released from jail for the duration of trial. Bail can be posted by cash, or with a bail bond from a professional company like South Los Angeles Bail Bond Store. Cash bail must be paid 100% before the defendant is released, but it can potentially be refunded at the end of trial. A bail bond costs 10% of the full bail amount and can be paid off with a payment plan after the defendant is released from jail.
- No payment is required in this instance. A defendant merely signs a paper promising to show up for court, and then is free to leave. Defendants released on own recognizance are generally those with clean records and are not being accused of a very serious crime. They are not dangerous, and they have plenty of ties to the community so they are not likely to flee.
Talk to South Los Angeles Bail Bond Store to learn more about bail and bail bonds. If you are in need of one, we can provide a free consultation before signing any papers, just to make sure you know exactly what to expect.