Placer County Bail Schedule
A bail schedule’s purpose is establishing standard amounts, depending upon the offense, for which those arrested may be released from jail pending future court appearances. The actual amount will depend upon the judge’s discretion after considering the facts of the case, the person’s criminal history and arguments from both sides.
What is Bail?
Bail is a legal and financial mechanism designed to ensure a person who is let out of jail will show up for his or her court dates and/or not contact the victim or the victim’s family. If the person can’t afford bail, he or she often will hire a bail bond agency, which will put up the money in exchange for a fee, such as 10 percent of the bail amount. If the person fails to appear for a court date, the bail bondsman is out that money. This is where the well-known “bounty hunter” comes in.
A bounty hunter isn’t interested in “justice” per se. He is interested in recapturing the person and getting the bail bondsman’s money back (and collecting his own fee). The bail amounts increase with the severity of the crime. Misdemeanors, for which the person serves less than one year and does so in jail, generally have lower bail amounts than felonies, for which the person serves more than one year and does so in prison.
In Placer County, California, bail for obstructing a peace officer is $2,500; bail on an assault charge is $2,000; for vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence the bail is $5,000; and violation of a restraining order with injury is $25,000.
Some minor charges have no bail amounts, the person is released “O.R.” or “on own recognizance.” This is when the court determines the charge is minor enough that the person will show up for subsequent court dates without the bail incentive. These charges include trespassing, ticket scalping and disturbing the peace.
Some examples of felony bail amounts in Placer County include $10,000 for perjury or trying to get someone to commit perjury; $25,000 for bribing or offering to bribe officers of the court; $50,000 for involuntary manslaughter; $150,000 for involuntary manslaughter has bail of $150,000 and $200,000 for kidnapping. A “felony committed for benefit of a street gang,” torture, kidnapping for ransom or extortion and aggravated mayhem all have $1 million bail amounts, while first- and second-degree murder have no bail.
If the person is charged with multiple felonies, the largest bail amount is applied, plus any enhancements. If the person is charged with multiple “violent felonies” or “serious felonies,” then the bail amount is the total of all the bail amounts (plus enhancements).
If the bail schedule lists “no bail” for a particular charge, then the amount is set during the person’s first court appearance. The person’s danger to the community also must be considered. If the person arrested is considered a “danger to the community” then the on-call judge must be called to preside over the bail hearing.