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California Bail Information and Charges

Penal Code 148.9

If a person is arrested for violating penal code 148.9, the person is arrested for providing false information to a police officer, which is a misdemeanor offense. This particular offense comes with an assumptive bail rate of $5,000. This assumptive bail rate is the same for all counties across California and is determined on an annual basis by a panel of judges.

When a person is arrested for providing false information to a police officer, the defendant may be eligible to get out of jail on bail while he or she awaits sentencing. When the person is given the bail option, he or she then needs to find the money needed to put up the bail. In many cases, defendants turn to bail bonding agency for help paying this bail amount.

A bail bonding agency will provide the defendant with the full amount of the bail that is needed in exchange for a fee. The fee is usually about ten percent of the total cost of the bail. If the bail is $5,000, then the bail bonding agency may charge the defendant $500 for the service. Each bail bonding agency has a right to charge its own rate for its services.

Bail bonding agencies will also require that the defendant put up collateral as an assurance to the agency that the defendant intends to fulfill his or her legal obligations. The defendant will get that collateral back with the defendant fulfills the legal obligation. However, if the defendant fails to fulfill the legal obligation, then the defendant will lose the collateral that he or she puts up to the agency.

Also, if the defendant fails to appear in court, the bail bonding agency may hire a bounty hunter to track the defendant down. When eh bounty hunter tracks down the defendant, he may rearrest the defendant and take him or her back to court so that the defendant can fulfill the legal obligation. The defendant will not necessarily receive his or her collateral assets again if a bounty hunter is called in to rearrest him or her. In fact, the defendant will most likely have to pay a fee for the bounty hunter, which will have been predetermined by a contract with the bail bonding agency.

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