Why should a person sometimes wait to post bail?
As a criminal defense lawyer in San Diego, I often see clients who have thrown away thousands of dollars of bail money. Depending on the case, there may actually be good reasons to wait before posting bail.
Bail bondsman normally charge the public a non-refundable premium of 10% to post bail. This means if bail is set at $100,000, the bondsman will normally require a payment of $10,000.
It may be unwise to post bail before hiring an criminal lawyer for many reasons. First, if the case is dismissed after a few days the bail money will be lost. Second, it is common for the court to raise or lower bail. For instance, a person may post $5,000 bond only to be returned to custody a few days later when bail is raised. Third, your attorney can often negotiate with the District Attorney to bring a bail review and lower bail saving the client thousands of dollars.
Remember that even though a person wants to get out of jail as soon as possible, it is also very important to save money for a legal retainer to secure the best criminal defense attorney possible.
The most experienced San Diego criminal lawyers know that the courts in San Diego county are notorious for adjusting bail even after bail has been posted.
Before posting bail, consult with a criminal defense attorney to see if there is a good possibility of securing a reduction in bail or possible dismissal of the criminal case. At the Law Offices of Russell Babcock, we save clients in all types of felony and misdemeanors cases thousands of dollars of bail money almost every month.
In these difficult times, don't throw your money away unnecessarily. In many cases your experienced criminal attorney may be able to save you a great deal of money to put toward your legal retainer.
Before posting bail, make sure that it is truly necessary.