When you or your loved one are headed to court, there are several important terms to know and officials at All American Bail Bonds in Santa Clarita want to provide that information to you.
“You are charged with a certain crime when you go to court,” said Inessa Chavez, vice president of All American Bail Bonds in Santa Clarita. “After all the evidence is presented and you are charged, you then have the chance to plead one of three things: guilty, not guilty or no contest.”
When someone has committed a serious crime, such as murder or assault with a deadly weapon, they are not allowed to get out on bail. Bail lets a defendant go free until their next court date.
“When someone is arraigned, the court judge will also set bail for the defendant and date for another court appearance,” Chavez said. “If the arrested person poses a public threat or a high level of flight risk, court judge may deny bail or elevate it accordingly.”
Judges can set bail amount based on many factors.
“The bail amount can be high or low,” Chavez said. “Factors that affect the bail amount can be, but not limited to, the person’s previous criminal records, severity of the case, etc.”
Officials at All American Bail Bonds in Santa Clarita have put together tips for you to know the difference between guilty, not guilty and no contest:
- Guilty: a defendant is responsible for all charges. If they plead guilty to all of the charges, there will be no trial. The judge will decide the punishment soon after.
- Not Guilty: the defendant denies all charges. A trial will be set for the case.
- No Contest: the defendant doesn’t wish to fight the charges brought against them but accept the charges brought against them as if they plead guilty.
Bail agents at All American Bail Bonds in Santa Clarita are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer any questions regarding bail bonds and court, Chavez said.
“We’re here to help,” Chavez said. “The Santa Clarita Valley community is our community and our home. We want to do our part to help our community members.”
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