There are two penal codes that particularly affect bail bonds businesses such as All American Bail Bonds in Santa Clarita.
The first is California Penal Code 1303, which states, “If an action or proceedings against a defendant who has been admitted to bail is dismissed, the bail shall not be exonerated until a period of 15 days has elapsed since the entry of the order of dismissal,” according to a California Bail Education textbook.
“This means that the DA has 15 days to file the case in court, if the charges against a defendant are dropped, the bond gets exonerated 15 days later,” said Inessa Chavez, vice president of All American Bail Bonds in Santa Clarita. This code in a way protects the defendant and gives them a piece of mind. “During the 15 days, if the DA decides to file charges then the same bond will cover the defendant for the duration of the case, so that they do not purchase a new bond and pay a new dollar amount for the same case, the bond will then be applied to the same offense.”
The second penal code to apply to bail agencies, including All American Bail Bonds in Santa Clarita, is California Penal Code 1305.
This code states that if a defendant misses their court date for their arraignment, trial or judgment, their bail would be forfeited.
“We deal with this penal code when a defendant is bailed out and they skip their court date skip town or even leave the country,” Chavez said.
Penal Code 1305 goes into depth much more and describes how judges can handle several different outcomes of this situation.
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