Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney Advises Defendants to Challenge Cash Bail

Top Quote Criminal defense attorney David S. Chesley advises all criminal defendants in the Los Angeles area and Southern California to challenge any cash bail set by a criminal judge. This advisement comes in light of a new state law signed by Governor Jerry Brown, which will take effect in October 2019. End Quote
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA (1888PressRelease) September 21, 2018 - The law will effectively end the use of cash bail for criminal defendants awaiting trial. Instead of setting an amount for a defendant to pay for their release, each criminal court will use a specific algorithm to decide who gets released and who must remain in jail until their case is resolved. Most defendants accused of nonviolent misdemeanors will be automatically released, while courts will evaluate others based on the severity of the alleged offense, a defendantís likelihood to show up to court, and the risk of re-offending.

    While many cities and states have taken steps toward bail reform by reducing the use of cash bail in certain situations, California will be the first state to completely eliminate a cash bail system. Only Washington, D.C. currently has a cashless bail system in the United States. This is an important step in equalizing the criminal process for those who can afford bail and those who cannot. Until the law goes into effect, defendants should fight against cash bail in light of the current bail reform policies in California.

    The Law Offices of David S. Chesley is a Los Angeles-based criminal defense firm representing clients throughout the greater Los Angeles area. They regularly handle a wide variety of criminal cases, including DUI, drug crimes, theft, assault, and more. Prospective clients can schedule a free consultation with the Law Offices of David S. Chesley by calling 800-755-5174.

    David S. Chesley
    Law Offices of David S. Chesley, Inc.
    A Professional Law Corporation
    4533 Van Nuys Boulevard, Second Floor
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    Phone: 800-755-5174

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