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Mar 2019

Lori Laughlin Released on $1 Million Bail

In a shocking celebrity scandal, several Hollywood A-listers were named in a college admissions scheme that shook the California coast.  Lori Laughlin, Felicity Huffman and others were arrested and charged in the scandal which alleges that the actresses forged photos, tests and more to get their children into elite schools.  As reported by deadline.com, Lori Loughlin was released on $1 Million bail after turning herself...

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07

Mar 2019

Right to a Bail Hearing

Understanding your Rights Under California Law In California, you have a right to a bail hearing.  At a bail hearing a judge may use his or her discretion to alter the initial bail amount.  A bail hearing enables you to ask the judge to reduce your bail or to eliminate the bail conditions completely.  Penal Code Section 1275 governs bail setting, reducing and denying. A...

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01

Mar 2019

California Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedules for 2019

Each year the Judicial Council of California establishes a uniform bail schedule for the State.  The bail schedule standardizes how bail is set.  Setting bail help to ensure the defendant’s presence at future court appearances.  A judge has the discretion to modify bail for any given defendant.  At a bail hearing you may request that the judge reduce or eliminate you bail requirements.  The prosecution...

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22

Feb 2019

High-Speed Chase Suspect Held on $150K Bail

In Southern California, we are not surprised when we see a high-speed chase on the news.  If you watch the local news throughout the week, you will undoubtedly see at least one.  This week proved no different.  NBC4 Los Angeles reported on Filberto Alexander Felix who was arrested after allegedly stealing a Tesla in Riverside.  According to the news report he led police on a...

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15

Feb 2019

Kentucky Considers Bail Reform Legislation

The Kentucky House Judiciary Committee heard testimony last week from judges about the potential of bail reform.  Advocates of reform argue that judges need to take into consideration a person’s inability to pay when determining the appropriate bail amount.  Judges argue that they are already taking an individual’s situation into consideration when setting bail for a defendant. The committee heard testimony from a number of...

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08

Feb 2019

Bail Set at $90k for Hot Dog Stand Attacker

Bail was set at $90,000 for a man accused of punching two women at a hot dog stand in California.  The vicious attack occurred on January 26 in Los Angeles.  The video of the altercation went viral showing a man violently punching two women.  The altercation apparently began with a dispute over the price of a hotdog.  The Los Angeles Police Department distributed the video...

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31

Jan 2019

Reducing Recidivism with Recovery

How One Jail is Shifting the Focus Jail overcrowding is a problem faced by law enforcement across the nation.  This has led to a public outcry for criminal justice reform.  Without question, most people agree that criminal justice reform should happen – the problem remains how to effectively do it.  One solution takes a new look at the problem.  What if jails focused on reducing...

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24

Jan 2019

The Risky Business of Risk Assessment

One aspect of the bail reform debate that often gets overlooked is the system that would replace cash bonds for pretrial release.  Too many people seem to forget that cash bail has been a part of our criminal justice system since its inception with roots to England in the Middle Ages.  Bail has evolved over the last two hundred years.  The United States has passed...

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17

Jan 2019

SB10 (California Bail Reform Law) Update: Veto Referendum Successful

SB10, California’s Money Bail Reform Law, would have effectively eliminated the commercial bail system from the criminal justice system.  A united group of opponents to the law banded together to launch an effective effort to obtain enough signatures to stop the implementation of the bill in October 2019.  According to the Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, the referendum was successful in obtaining enough valid signatures...

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11

Jan 2019

A Closer Look at Bail Reform: California’s SB10

Late last year California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed SB10 into law.  Known as the California Money Bail Reform Act, last minute changes to the legislation raised the eyebrows of both bail reform opponents like the bail industry and human rights leaders.  The bill would eliminate the cash bail system in favor a pretrial risk assessment tool that would use data to determine whether a defendant...

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