This is the second part of a two part article explaining how bail works in California. The bail process can be intimidating because your loved one is in jail and you may not know what to do or who to turn to for proper advice. There are also several bail bond companies which can make things more confusing. This article will explain the different types of bail bonds available, and how obtaining an attorney is the first thing you should do when someone is arrested. We will now explain the three types of ways bail can be posted in California to have a loved one released from custody.
Cash bail is the easiest way to post bail. However, most people cannot afford this option. If the bail is $50,000, you can go to the local jail with $50,000 in cash or by way of cashiers check made payable to the local county, and you will be given a receipt for the funds. This cash bail will likely remain posted with the court throughout the pendency of the case. Some criminal cases can remain active for more than one year. During that time your cash is “tied up” and held by the county. If your love one fails to appear or the bail is forfeited for any reason, you can lose your $50,000. Of course you also lose any “interest” that you could be earning on the $50,000 if it was invested.