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Chino, Ca 91710
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Chino Hills, CA 91709
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What is a Bail Bond?

Bail is a monetary guarantee filed with the court whereby a defendant is temporarily placed in the custody of the posting Bail Bond Agency. The bail bond company promises the court the defendant will appear each and every time they are ordered to do so while their case is pending.
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What Occurs in a Misdemeanor Case?

Misdemeanors are primarily offenses with a maximum punishment of a $1,000 fine and a county jail term of 1 year or less. However, there are some offenses which can carry a higher maximum fine.

An arrest is made - police take the defendant to jail (or released on signed citation in the field). If the defendant is arrested and given a date to appear in court, three things can happen:

1. The defendant is released - no charges are filed
2. The defendant posts bail or is released on his own recognizance ("OR") and is scheduled for arraignment
3. The defendant remains in custody of the Sheriff /law enforcement agency and is brought to Court for arraignment

Arraignment & Plea - defendant is brought to court

1. Defendant informed of charges
2. Defendant is informed of his/her constitutional rights
3. An attorney is retained by the defendant. If the defendant wishes to have an attorney but cannot afford one of his/her choice, the Court may appoint one.
4. Bail is set by the Court. Defendant is released on "own recognizance", or remains in custody if unable to post bail.
5. Defendant enters a plea - guilty, not guilty, or no contest
  • Not Guilty - the defendant states that he/she did not commit the crime.
    The case is set for a future hearing.
    Guilty or No Contest-
  • Guilty - the defendant admits that he/she did commit the crime
  • No Contest- the defendant will not contest the charge. It has the same effect as a guilty plea except that the conviction cannot be used against the defendant in a civil suit.

    If the defendant pleads Guilty or No Contest, the case is resolved at the time of arraignment. This will include any fines/fees and/or court-ordered programs imposed by the judge.

Pre-Trial Proceedings After a Not Guilty Plea

  • Discovery is exchanged between the prosecution and the defense attorneys. This includes police reports, blood test results, photographs, etc.
  • Motions may be filed to set aside the complaint, to dismiss the case, or to suppress evidence, etc.
  • Defendant may change his/her plea to guilty or no-contest
  • A hearing will be held to attempt to settle the case without going to trial.
  • Case doesn’t settle – proceeds to trial. (See: What Occurs at Trial)




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