My girlfriend was arrested a few hours ago and charged with domestic violence. I finally got in touch with the jail and they said her bail has been set at $50,000. I was completely shocked. She has never been in trouble before. Is it possible that they did it to get back at her? She’s been known to get a bit mouthy. Will I be able to negotiate it to a lower amount if I go down to the jail and talk to the person in charge? Please help.
Unfortunately no, your going down to the Ventura County Jail and requesting to speak with a supervisor will not allow you to negotiate a different amount. A judge is the only person who has the ability to raise, lower or keep bail the same. The courts have three business days to get her before a judge, so she could be in custody for several days prior to that happening.
Bail amounts are set according to a document called the county bail schedule. The bail schedule is set annually by a panel of judges and it provides the jail guidelines in terms of which bail amounts are to correspond with different crimes. $50,000 is a very common bail amount for someone who is being charged on suspicion of domestic violence. If you are unable to pay the full 10% cost to purchase a bond up front, you may want to look for a company that offers payment plans.
For more information on how bail works in Ojai call Adelante Bail Bonds now at 805-496-2763. Payment plans are available to those who qualify and consultations are always free.