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California Bail Information and Charges

Penal Code 484

Penal Code 484 is associated with a variety of subcategories each with a different bail amount, including the following:

Penal Code 484(b) is theft that exceeds $1,000. The bail for this violation is $10,000.

Penal Code 484(e) is theft of an access card. The bail is $10,000.

Penal Code 484(f) is either a felony or a misdemeanor offense. It stands for making a false credit card or signing a false name on a credit card. The bail for both types of offenses if $10,000.

Penal Code 484(g) is using a forged credit card to obtain anything of value. The offense may be a misdemeanor or a felony and is associated with a $10,000 bail.

Penal Code 484.1 is the false representation to a pawn broker or a second-hand dealer. It is a misdemeanor offense.

Penal Code 484.2 is the use of a lost credit card. It is also a misdemeanor offense.

Penal Code 484.3 is the selling of a credit card. This is a misdemeanor offense.

Penal Code 485 is theft in which the thief keeps property even when he or she knows who the true owner is. This is a felony or a misdemeanor and carries a $10,000 bail.

When a person is arrested for any of these violations, the person may have the opportunity to pay bail in order to get out of jail while awaiting a trial date. When the person is given the opportunity to pay bail, it is up to him or her to find the funds to pay the bail. Many defendants will appeal to a bail bonding agency for help paying their bail.

A bail bonding agency will provide the funds for the full bail amount in the form of a bond to the court. The bail bondsman will charge the defendant a fee for its services that are usually about ten percent of the total cost of the bail bond. If a person has a $10,000 bail bond for example, the defendant will have to pay the bail bondsman $1,000 for his services.

When a person gets out of jail on bail, the person agrees to return to court in order to fulfill all legal obligations to the court. If the person does not return to court, the bail bonding agency may charge the defendant additional fees, claim some collateral assets that it had been holding for security, and may even send a bounty hunter after the defendant to rearrest the defendant and return him or her to court.

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