November 29, 2007 By Wallin & Klarich

post bail CaliforniaIf you are arrested for a crime, you will have the opportunity to post bail and be released from custody. However, you should never post bail without first speaking to an experienced criminal defense attorney. If you speak with a criminal defense attorney before posting bail not only will you have the services of a skilled lawyer to fight for you, you will also be able to save thousands of dollars on bail. To learn more about how you could save thousands of dollars on bail, click here.

When you post bail, you will be released from custody. But what happens if you are released on bail and you are arrested for another crime? Does it have any potential implications on your original crime?

Arrested While Out on Bail

If you are arrested again while out on bail, you should be worried. Being arrested while out on bail can have major implications on your pending case as well as the new case you have been arrested for. First, being arrested while you have one case pending will throw a wrench in any settlement negotiations or progress toward a settlement your lawyer has made with the prosecutor. The prosecutor will likely take any plea deal that had previously been made off the table and start negotiations all over or potentially end plea bargain negotiations completely to pursue charges.

Second, if you are on bail for a felony matter and have been arrested for a new felony, you are in deep water. This scenario is commonly referred to as “Crime Bail Crime.” If you are on felony bail, and are arrested for a new felony, the prosecutor can charge you with an enhancement for a crime bail crime, which could add an additional two years to any sentence you could receive on the new arrest.

Third, because of the new arrest, the court can make the decision to:

  • Revoke your bail
  • Take you into custody and not set bail, depending on the seriousness of the charges you are facing, or
  • Increase your bail if bail was set below the bail schedule initially

Therefore, if your bail is revoked or increased, the money you have already paid to a bail bonds company is essentially gone, lost forever.

Call a Criminal Defense Attorney Before Posting Bail

bail attorney RiversideIf you or a loved one has been arrested for a crime, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. Do not post bail without first speaking to a skilled and knowledgeable attorney at Wallin & Klarich. Our criminal defense attorneys have been successfully defending our clients facing criminal charges for over 30 years. Not only will we provide you with the best possible defense to your charges, we will also help you save money on bail so that you can afford to be released from custody. We’ve helped thousands of clients in their time of legal need, and we can help you now.

With offices located in Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Orange County, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, West Covina and Victorville, there is an experienced Wallin & Klarich criminal defense attorney available to help you no matter where you work or live.

Call us today at (888) 280-6839 for a free phone consultation. We will be there when you call.

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