In California each county is required to post a public list of preset bail amounts for each felony or misdemeanor crime, and even for infractions like traffic violations and doing things without a valid government issued license.
A felony in California is defined as a crime that is punishable by at least twelve months in a state prison. However, for less serious felonies, especially if an offender's conviction is their first offense it is possible to get nothing more than probation and a fine.
The Los Angeles County Felony Bail Schedule are the county's preset bail amounts, but these amounts can be enhanced (increased) for a variety of reasons:
- the defendants prior record,
- the potential for the offender to cause further harm to the victim if released,
- the nature of the crime – especially if violent,
- weapons used,
- the amount of drugs involved,
- the judge and DA's belief that the offender may be a flight risk.
Felonies in California are divided into the following five categories:
- White Collar Crimes
- Drug Crimes
- Sex Crimes
- Violent crimes
- Serious Felonies
In general, the bail amounts get higher and thus a defendant has a harder time getting the resources in order to get released prior to trial, for crimes that involve sex, violence and capital offenses like murder.
Go here to find what the bail amount will be for felony crimes a defendant in Los Angeles County is charged with.
If you want to read and understand our 'translation' of bail laws in California, go here.
To get a better understanding of exactly how bail works for facilities in Los Angeles County, click on one of the links on this page.