In the state of California, the County magistrate is responsible for determining the standard uniform bail schedule for their county each year. The county’s uniform bail schedule sets the bail amount for a specific crime. Set bail amounts for the same crime can change from county to county as well as their charge level (infraction, misdemeanor or felony) and their eligibility for release. Bail is the security that the jail and courts require for an individual to be released from their custody while dealing with their court matter. Bail is a financial guarantee that the defendant will appear to each and every court date.
When a person is arrested and taken to jail, the jailer assigns the arrestee a bail amount(s) based on the crime(s) that the person is being accused of committing. Once an arrestee has been fully booked into custody and cleared a background check, the final bail amount will be set. This is the amount required for the individual to be released from custody.