As soon as you finish your bail hearing, you are free to post bail as quickly as possible. You cannot post bail anytime before your bail hearing because you will not know what amount you would have to pay.
The judge at the bail hearing will tell you what your bail is. Your bail will be priced around certain factors:
- The bail schedule that lists prices for different crimes and how serious your crime was.
- If you have a criminal history.
- How dangerous you are to the community and public.
- Your ties to the community.
- Your financial ability to pay bail.
Not every crime in the book will be offered bail. The most heinous crimes like murder and kidnapping have no bail allowance. Some criminals who are very dangerous or are a high flight risk may also be denied bail.
But for all others, bail will be priced out. It will very likely be very expensive to pay so you luckily have options. You can try to pay for it by yourself where you’d have to gather all of the money before you’re freed. The benefit to this is that all the money is refunded to you at the end of trial.
The more reasonable alternative method to that though, is hiring a bail bond agent from Contra Costa Bail Bond Store. You’d pay the bail bondsman 10-15% of your bail price over a certain amount of time, and you’d be free out of jail while still making payments. However, you will not be refunded. This is generally the fastest way to bail out of jail as well as the most affordable.