Hopefully you will never have to come in contact with the California court system, but just in case you do at some point or another, we’ll discuss what every resident should know.
No Drug Money
If you attempt to pay bail directly to the court, then you will have to offer substantial evidence that your cash did not come from drug trafficking. This can be harder to do than you might think, especially while you’re in jail and if you haven’t kept very good financial records. You can circumvent this rule by having a bail bondsman put up your bail for you.
This may seem obvious, but it bears repeating. If you do not show up for your court date, then your bail bondsman is allowed to set the “bail recovery agent”—also known as the bounty hunter—on you. In conclusion? Always show up for your court date.
Know Where You’re Going
In California, there are two kinds of courts: appellate and trial. Hopefully, you will only ever have personal experience with a trial court, which is where both civil and criminal cases are tried. Trial courts are also called “superior” courts, and in them you have the right to a trial by jury. Generally, the only time a trial court is referred to as an “appellate” court is when someone appeals a small claims civil matter. True appellate courts are also known as courts of appeal; the Supreme Court of California is the ultimate appellate court. Appellate courts are asked to render decisions about questions of legal mistakes during cases tried in the Superior court.
If you or one of your loved ones has run into trouble with the law, then you should contact King Stahlman Bail Bonds. At King Stahlman Bail Bonds, our dedicated bail bondsman will work tirelessly on your behalf. If you live in or around San Diego and need help with bail bonds, then visit our website or call (619) 232-7280 today.