How Bail is Set in Orange
Bail costs are set at the state level by a panel of judges in each county. Every year, this panel will get together to discuss different local factors and if the bail schedule should change. The bail schedule is the final list of all crimes and their corresponding bail amounts. The more serious the offense, the higher the bail amount will be.
When you are arrested and go to your arraignment, this is where your bail will be set. You will be formally charged by the judge, and the judge will determine bail. However, the charge itself is not the only factor that goes into deciding the bail amount.
The judge can look at factors such as if you are a danger to the public, if you have a past criminal history, and if you are likely to show up to court dates. This is then used to adjust the amount of bail listed in the bail schedule for your crime. So, if the crime you committed called for $20,000 bail, but you don’t have a criminal history, have a job and family in the area, and/or are not an evident danger to the public, the judge may decide to lower the amount.