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What is the Legal Definition of Assault and Battery?

What is the legal definition of assault and battery?

While you often hear assault and battery used together as a single crime, in California they are separate crimes. An assault occurs if you intentionally attempt to hurt or injure someone or the person you are confronting believes they are under attack because your actions seem menacing or threatening. These offense don’t always necessarily involve physical contact. On the other hand, if you intentionally injure, harm or use force against someone, this attack is considered battery. In many cases, assault is classified as a misdemeanor. If a weapon is involved, the assault normally gets classified as a felony, depending on the circumstances.

Since the crimes are different, you may wonder “Which is worse battery or assault?” Each of these crimes have a different set of penalties, although the penalties will vary depending on whether it is classified as a felony or misdemeanor. Because battery always involves an actual physical attack, it’s often considered worse than an assault. A misdemeanor battery conviction, for instance, can result in up to six months in jail, which is similar to an assault, but you’ll pay considerably more in fines, usually up to $2,000. Felony battery charges, such as attacking an on-duty police officer, can result in up to three years in prison, and a fine of up to $10,000. 

If you have been arrested and jailed on assault or battery charges, Cut Loose Bail Bonds can help you get battery or assault bail in Roseville, CA. We are available 24/7, and you can reach us at 916-663-2245.

What is an example of assault?

There are two types of offenses that are classified as assaults, as outlined below.

  • Simple assault: This type of assault can involve any act that causes a minor injury, or limited threat of violence. Punching someone or threatening to punch them or harm them in some way may be considered simple assault.
  • Aggravated assault: This is usually a felony offense often committed with a weapon, although it may be a threat to harm someone with a serious crime like rape. A threat to assault or assaulting children or the elderly is also considered aggravated assault.

Determining whether the offense is an assault or aggravated assault usually depends on whether or not a weapon is involved.

Is pushing someone assault?

In California, pushing or shoving someone could be considered either simple assault or simple battery. Both offenses in this case would be considered misdemeanors, and the classification will usually depend on intent. Battery is willful and unlawful use of force, and a push or shove could be considered willful and unlawful, especially if you specifically shove someone to harm them.

Is yelling at someone assault?

Yelling at someone isn’t necessarily assault, although it can be an assault under certain circumstances. With verbal assault, a threat of violence must be present, and the person making the threats must be able to carry out the threats. These threats may put the victim in imminent danger or the fear of imminent danger.

Are assault charges a felony

If the offense is a simple assault, it will usually be classified as a misdemeanor. If these crimes involve a weapon or the threat of a serious crime is present, then the assault is elevated to an aggravated assault, which is usually a felony. Aggravated assaults are wobbler charges in California, which means they could be misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the circumstances. Some misdemeanor assaults could be elevated to felonies during court proceedings under certain circumstances. An assault could be elevated to a felony, for instance, if you assault a member of law enforcement or a member of a jury.

Assault how many years in jail

Penalties for assaults will vary, depending on the type of offense committed. If you punch someone or threaten to punch them or injure them in some way, you may get charged with a misdemeanor simple assault for which you could receive up to six months in jail. If that attack is against a known healthcare provider, a school employee, or similar individual like a firefighter, you could get a up to a year in jail.

Some simple assaults are wobbler offenses and can be considered either misdemeanors or felonies if the attack or threat is made against a law enforcement officer, corrections officer, or a jury member. These wobbler offenses could result in jail time in either county jail or state prison for anywhere between 16 months, two years or three years. Aggravated assault charges could lead to at least one year in jail, along with $10,000 in fines, restitution, as well as confiscation of the weapon if it was owned by the offender. 

Can assault be expunged

If you are convicted of these charges, under California law, whether the offense was a misdemeanor or felony can be expunged or dismissed from your record under certain circumstances. For dismissal your sentence must be probation, and you have to have completed all terms of your probation. If you have any other charges or are serving a sentence or are currently on probation, your charges will not be dismissed. The court also has to agree to dismiss the charges.

These charges are serious and can create major problems for the assailant and the victim alike. While it’s not a crime to have a faulty transmission in your car, it can be a trial until you take it in for transmission repair in Inglewood, CA.

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If you’ve been arrested and jailed for assault in Roseville, CA, you can get help with bail from the professional bail bond agents at Cut Loose Bail Bonds. Our agents are available 24/7 by calling 916-663-2245.

What is DUI Bail?

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What is a DUI bail?

As with other criminal offenses, if you’ve been arrested and jailed for DUI, a judge will set a bail amount that must be paid for your release. Normatly, to be released, you either have to pay the full bail amount in cash or you have to reach out to a bail bonds service, pay a fee—usually about 10% of the bail amount—for the bond service to help get you out. You also have to promise to appear for all court dates. Failure to do so could lead to your arrest.

DUI is a serious offense, but if you need DUI bail in Roseville, CA, Cut Loose Bail Bonds can help get you released so you can get started on your case. We can be reached 24 hour a day, 7 days a week by calling 916-663-2245.

How much is bail for a DUI?

If you’ve been arrested for DUI, you may wonder, “How much is DUI Bail?” Amounts for DUI bail in California will vary depending on the court and the county, as they will for other offenses. On average, for a standard DUI in which no one was injured or no property was damaged will range from $5,000 to $10,000. The bail amount may be affected by circumstances such as prior criminal history and your overall reputation in the community. 

Prior criminal history, especially DUI convictions, will also affect the bail amount. For instance, if you’ve been charged for a third DUI, you may wonder, “How much is bail for a 3rd DUI?” Again, the bail amounts will vary, but the average bail is around $7,300. In some cases, bail may not be granted and you will have to remain in jail. This may especially be the case if you’ve had convictions prior offenses, felonies in particular.

Of course, DUI laws vary from state to state, and bail amounts will also vary. If you need DUI bail bonds in Louisiana, for instance, you may pay a different amount than you might in California. 

How long do you have to stay in jail for a DUI?

If you are convicted of a DUI, you may spend time in jail, even for a misdemeanor first offense, which has a maximum penalty of 6 months in county jail. A second offense can get you a maximum of 1 year in county jail, while a third offense can land you between 120 days and 1 year in jail. A fourth offense can be bumped up to a felony charge and you can receive a minimum sentence of 16 months in county jail or in state prison. Three years is the maximum sentence for a fourth offense.  

Penalties and jail time may vary depending on various circumstances. You’ll likely get a longer jail sentence even for a first offense if your blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, was 0.15% or higher,if you refused to submit to a chemical test, caused an accident, drove at excessive speeds. You are also likely to stay in jail longer if you had children under 14 in the car at the time or you were under 21 when the offense was committed.

Do you have to post bail for DUI?

On October 1, 2019, bail laws will change in California. A DUI without bail will be entirely possible under these new state laws. After the laws go into effect no monetary amount will be set as bail for a misdemeanor DUI charge. Instead, the courts will determine whether they should detain you or release you on your own recognizance. You still must make a promise to appear in court. The exceptions to this no bail law is if you are arrested for a third offense within 10 years of your last DUI, or you caused injury to someone else, or your BAC was 0.20% or more.

Can a DUI bail be dropped?

As noted above bail laws will change in California on October 1, 2019, and most DUIs will be released on their own recognizance by the courts. Until then, if you or your family member cannot afford to pay bail, there are circumstances in which the bail could be dropped or lowered.

Reasons why DUI bail would be dropped or lowered:

  • You can ask the judge to lower the amount of bail, if it is too high for you to pay.
  • You can ask the judge to reconsider if bail was denied.
  • You can ask the judge to release you on your own recognizance.

The courts have the final word on whether to drop the bail or not,or grant any of your requests. Whether bail was dropped, lowered or paid, if you are still responsible for making it to your assigned court date, although in California your attorney can appear for you.

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If you have been arrested and need help paying DUI bail in Roseville, CA, or bail for any offense, call the professionals at Cut Loose Bail Bonds for help. We can be reached 24/7 at 916-663-2245.

What Are Considered Misdemeanors?

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What kind of charges are misdemeanors?

When you are charged with a misdemeanor, although the charges are serious, these crimes are less serious than a felony. The punishments for misdemeanors are less severe than for felonies. Depending on the state and the offense, most misdemeanors are punishable by fines and no more than a year of jail time.

Some examples of misdemeanors include: 

  • Thefts under a certain amount (the amount is usually under $500)
  • Assault and battery, although assault charges could get elevated to felony charges depending on the intent of the offender
  • Alcohol-related crimes like public drunkenness or public intoxication
  • Failure to appear in court 
  • Driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence

How much jail time do you get for a misdemeanor?

Depending on the offense, the maximum jail time you can receive for a misdemeanor charge is 1 year in county jail. California does not classify misdemeanors based on seriousness of the offensense. Instead misdemeanors are either gross or aggravated. Gross misdemeanor violations receive up to 1 year in jail if convicted. 

In California, you are rarely jailed if arrested on a misdemeanor charge, so no bail is needed. Usually you are given a citation that gives you the time and date for arraignment in court.

Should you be arrested and jailed for a violation, you will be arraigned in court and bail will be set for most offenses. If you are wondering how bail works, contact the office of Cut Loose Bail Bonds at 916-663-2245.

Misdemeanor with probation

In some cases, instead of jail time, a person convicted of a misdemeanor charge will receive probation. As with felony probation, you must abide by the rules set down in the terms of your probation, including checking in monthly with a probation officer, paying court costs, receiving drug treatment or counseling, and not committing new crimes. 

Misdemeanor to felony

Many misdemeanor charges can be elevated to felony charges, especially if the offender has committed the same crime frequently, as with DWI. The change from misdemeanor to felony depends on aggravating factors such as a past criminal history, in particular a criminal history that includes felony offenses. Your charges can also get elevated based on the evidence against you. A misdemeanor simple assault charge could be raised to a felony aggravated assault charge, for instance, if prosecutors discover a weapon was involved in the offense. Other aggravating factors include committing a crime against someone vulnerable like the elderly or young children, or committing offenses in the presence of minor.

Possession of illegal weaponry such as a machine gun or an explosive is usually a felony offense. If you’ve been convicted of a misdemeanor and are caught with a weapon, you may be charged with weapons charges.

Misdemeanor vs infraction

While misdemeanors are less serious crimes than felonies, they are still crimes that can warrant jail time and expensive fines. Below misdemeanors are infractions. These are offenses like traffic violations or violations of municipal code that only carry with them fines. In most states infractions are generally not considered criminal offenses, but rather civil violations. Of course, if the offense is serious enough, it could be raised to a misdemeanor. If you are caught speeding a few miles over the speed limit for instance, you get a ticket and have to pay a fine. But, if you are driving at an excessive speed and endangering others, you’re committing a criminal offense.

Do misdemeanors go on your record?

Although misdemeanors are less serious crimes, if you are convicted of a misdemeanor offense, that offense goes on your criminal record, in the same way a felony offense does. Do misdemeanors go away after 7 years? Some people may be confused by 7-year rules that some states like California have that affect background checks. In these states, in some cases, a misdemeanor charge that’s 7 years old or older will not appear on background checks.

Misdemeanor charges, however, stay on your criminal record permanently. They do not go away after 7 years. The only way a misdemeanor goes away is if you petition a judge to have the record expunged or sealed.

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Can a first time misdemeanor be dismissed?

A first-time misdemeanor is dismissed on a case by case basis. Depending on the type of offense, you can get a first-time offense dismissed by the court, especially if you don’t pose a threat of repeat offense. Usually these offenses are nonviolent. Often you will have to speak with prosecutors or other authorities and present enough evidence to those court authorities that you’ll never commit the offense again for the charges to be reduced or dismissed. You may still have to commit to programs like counseling or community service for the charges to be dismissed and expunged from the court record.

If you’ve been arrested for a misdemeanor in Roseville, CA, and have been jailed, you’ll want to make bail as soon as possible. At Cut Loose Bail Bonds, we can help you arrange for bail. All you have to do is call 916-663-2245.

How Does Personal Bond Work

You May Be Able to Get out of Jail on a Personal Bond, Depending on the Charge and Criminal History.

What’s the difference between bail and bond?

Because the words are often used interchangeably when talking about jail, you may get confused about the difference between “bail” and “bond”. If you or a friend or family member have been taken into police custody and charged with an offense, you will need to either post the full amount of the bail set by the just or a percentage of it by paying a bond through a bail bonds agent. Bail is the amount a judge sets for release from jail as a way to secure the defendant’s promise to return to court. A bond, posted on the defendant’s behalf, is a percentage of bail paid to secure the release. It is normally posted by a bail bond agent.

You may wonder just how bail works. A judge or other court officer sets the bail after a person has been arrested, arraigned and jailed for an offense. The bail is set during a bail hearing after the defendant has been jailed. The bail amount is usually based on the type of offense and the defendant’s past criminal history, among other factors. Either the full amount of the bail or a percentage must be posted for release.

How do I release on my own recognizance?

Generally, you may be released from jail either by paying the full amount of the bail, by securing a personal bond or release on recognizance, or securing a bond amount from a bail bondsman. To get released on your own recognizance you sign a written promise to appear in court. Recognizance release will depend on the judge’s discretion but is usually determined by past criminal history, age and the likelihood another crime will be committed or the likelihood the defendant will return to court.

How does a personal bond work?

One way a person can be released from jail is through a personal bond. A personal bond is another term for a release on recognizance. Instead of paying money for bail or bonding out with a bail bondsman, the defendant signs a written agreement promising the court the defendant will appear in court for all scheduled court appearances. Usually a personal bond is granted only when the defendant has no prior criminal record and has strong ties to the community. The severity of the crime is also taken into consideration, as well as the potential for the defendant as a flight risk or to commit another crime. Failure to appear in court after release on a personal bond will result in the court issuing a warrant for your arrest and a fee assessed.

Can you bail yourself out of jail?

It is possible to bail yourself out of jail. In order to do so, you must have the full amount of bail available in cash on hand.

How does a jail bond work?

In most cases, to secure release from jail after bail has been set requires the services of a bail bondsman and payment through a bail bond or surety bond. In this case, usually a friend or family member has to contact the bail bondsman and pay a fee, usually about 10% to 15% of the bail amount, and the bondsman then acts as a surety for the defendant to secure the defendant’s release. Some type of collateral is usually put up by the family members as security against the bond.

Personal bond for court

When you sign an agreement for release on a personal bond, you must appear in court when scheduled. The personal bond cannot be posted by the defendant. It can only be posted by pretrial services or by an attorney and has to be approved by a judge.

Personal bond and surety bond

With a personal bond no bail amount is set. Instead, written agreement is signed between the defendant and the court for the defendant to appear in court on a scheduled date. A surety bond is a percentage of the bail paid by a bail bondsman who ensures the court the defendant will appear in court for all scheduled court appearances.

Personal bond and bail

With a personal bond, no bail amount is set. The defendant, however, will be required to pay administrative fees, usually within 7 days of release.

A Judge May Grant a Personal Bond Depending Upon the Defendant's Charge and Background.

Personal bond example

A person can be released on a personal bond for almost any offense, depending on the severity of the offense.

Some examples include:

  • Domestic Assault: As with any personal bond, past criminal history will help in determining if you can be released on your own recognizance. This will require you to provide personal references and references from employers or other entities.
  • Drug Possession: Depending on the amount of drugs or types of drugs (a small amount of marijuana, for instance) found in possession and your criminal history, you may get personal bond.
  • Failure to Identify Fugitive: This misdemeanor offense might allow for a personal bond.

If you are unable to get a personal bond in Roseville, CA and need help getting out of jail make sure to call the reliable professionals at Cut Loose Bail Bonds. We are here to help you, so call us at 916-663-2245.

What are the Different Types of Theft Charges?

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Understanding Theft Charges

With a multitude of theft types, levels, and punishments, comprehending California laws on stealing can be quite the challenge. For instance, what’s the difference between theft vs larceny? What are grand theft charges? Understanding the various terms involved will help you decide how to react if a loved one is charged with a theft crime.

Today, we’re going to dive into the world of theft charges in Roseville, CA. By the end, you should have firm basic knowledge of these crimes and their respective punishments. Let’s get started!

What is the Punishment for Theft?

The answer depends on three elements: the type of crime, circumstances surrounding the crime, and the prior criminal history of the defendant (the person charged with the crime). We’ll outline the different types and circumstances of theft crimes in a moment, but let’s touch on the third point here.

In California law, theft crimes are often classified as “wobblers”, crimes which may be charged as infractions, misdemeanors, or even felonies depending on the individual case details. Part of the case details involve the personal history of the defendant. In general, penalties for theft charges typically escalate for individuals with longer histories of criminal activity. Prosecutors often use prior criminal theft history as a reason for upgrading theft crimes to felonies. On a side note: this is the same reason why probation violation bail (and other bail prices) are set higher or denied for repeat offenders.

Types of Theft-Related Charges

Before we go further, let’s clear up the the confusion on theft vs. larceny. In the majority of legal circles, the two terms are used interchangeably. In others, larceny is a specific form of theft. For our purposes today, we’ll consider them the same thing.

Types of Theft

Charges Related to Theft

  • Petit (Petty) Theft
  • Grand Theft
  • Fraud
  • Robbery
  • Burglary

Burglary involves entering a home or building for the purpose of stealing property or committing another related felony. These may be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies, depending on what type of building is involved.

Robbery is a felony variation of theft that requires person-to-person interaction. There is usually an element of coercion, force, and/or intimidate in robbery, elevating this crime to a felony classification.

Jail Time

Do You Go to Jail for Theft?

The circumstances of the crime and personal criminal history are the biggest factors in potential jail time. The value of goods stolen (or attempted) determines whether the defendant is prosecuted for petty or grand theft. One of the most common questions we receive at Cut Loose Bail Bonds is “How much money do you have to steal for it to be a felony?”

For most crimes, the defining limit is set at $950. At and below that threshold lies petty crimes. Above lies grand theft. There are a few notable exceptions.

  • Petty agricultural theft crimes are limited to $250 & below.
  • Stealing an automobile is automatically classified as grand theft auto.
  • District attorneys may have the option to upgrade petty charges to grand.

What is the maximum sentence for theft? Grand theft jail sentencing begins with a maximum sentence of one year in county prison (misdemeanor), though state prison sentences often go longer. In cases involving firearms (felonies), that length may go up to 3 years. There may be additional fines and penalties tacked on to a sentence.


Can Theft Charges Be Dropped?

If you’re wondering how to get theft charges dismissed, the there are a few potential strategies your defense attorney may employ to get the charges dropped. For instance, if you took the property by accident, your lawyer may try to prove there was no intent to steal. Should your attorney prove that either you had permission to take the property or that you actually own the goods in question, the charges will likely be dropped immediately.

There have also been numerous cases where a defendant is falsely accused of theft crime. If your attorney can prove the accuser acted to impugn your reputation or harm your livelihood, you may be eligible for compensation. Talk with your lawyer about arranging your defense.

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Need Help With Theft Charges Bail?

With these basic terms, you should be able to understand the situation better if you or a loved one is charged with a theft crime. As always, it’s crucial that you make arrangements with a trusted criminal defense lawyer to take control of the case.

On top of the fines, probation periods, and/or jail time associated with theft charges in Roseville, CA, there’s also the struggle of facing incarceration prior to arraignment. This period can last weeks, even months depending on the charges. Thankfully, our team at Cut Loose Bail Bonds is here to make sure you see as little pretrial jail time as possible. Learn about our services and the different types of bail bonds by calling our helpful staff at 916-663-2245!

What is the Average Sentence for Drug Possession?

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State Law Only Permits Legal Adults to Possess Up to an Ounce of Marijuana for Recreation.

How much jail time can you get for drugs?” That’s one of the most common questions people ask when they have need for a bail bonds agent. Drug charges are serious business, but there’s also a lot more ambiguity on the subject than people realize.

That’s why we’ll break down the subject today. Our discussion will focus on helpful terminology and determining what you can expect if a loved one is charged with possession. Afterwards, you’ll be equipped with the information you’ll need to take the situation head on! Let’s get started.

Drug Charge Classification

First off, there are many different types of crimes related to drugs (both legal and illegal substances). Understanding the meaning and severity of each charge will help you respond in a crisis.

Drug Charges List

  • Possession
  • Paraphernalia
  • Dealing
  • Manufacturing
  • Trafficking

Drug charges are also weighted by the substance involved. More tightly controlled substances, such as heroin and opiates, garner stronger punishments in practically every type of drug charge classification. If you’d like a more detailed description of drug scheduling, check out this article, or consult the California Health and Safety Code.

Possession Definition

What is Considered Drug Possession?

There are many circumstances that can lead to a drug possession charge. Quantity, substance, and persons involved all have to be considered. Having small amounts of a controlled substance on your person or property will likely result in a possession charge. If you have a large amount of a controlled substance

Please note that while Proposition 64 legalizes the possession of marijuana (up to 28.5 grams unconcentrated, 8 grams concentrated), there are many regulations surrounding its use and distribution. One must be 21 years of age and older to legally possess the substance. The amount must not exceed the allowed measurements in grams. The substance cannot be distributed to minors. Violating these and other facets could result in a possession charge, or worse.


What Amount of Drugs is a Felony?

Tier 1 and Tier 2 controlled substances may automatically result in a felony, no matter the amount. Possession with intent to sell is even more likely to end in a felony charge. If you wish to get more specifics, consult your California Health and Safety Codes.

Minimum Sentencing

What is the Mandatory Minimum Sentence for Drugs?

In most circumstances, there isn’t a mandatory minimum sentence related to drug charges. Many people are familiar with “Three Strikes Law” that mandates a 25 year minimum jail term for a person convicted of a third felony. For drug crimes however, the third felony must be of a very serious nature, such as selling a heavily controlled substance to a minor.

Judges may invoke minimum sentencing in certain misdemeanor drug crimes. Talk with your trusted attorney for more information.

Drug Charges Penalties

Most drug charges fall under the possession classification, which carries lesser penalties. Misdemeanors will generally result in county jail times of no more than a year. However, trafficking and dealing cases will result in steeper penalties.

Potential Penalties for Drug Offenses

  • Fines
  • Community Service
  • Probation
  • House Arrest
  • County or State Prison Time
  • Federal Prison Time

What is the penalty for selling drugs? On a federal level (which features stricter penalties), a small time convicted dealer could face up to 5 years in prison and fines up to $250,000. Only the most prolific dealers will go much higher than that.

Federal Drug Charges vs State

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Federal Laws Often Have Harsher Penalties for Drug Possession, Including Longer Prison Sentences.

Federal and state guidelines often differ on the legality of controlled substances. For instance, recreational marijuana use is legal under California’s Proposition 64, but federal law still outlaws consumption. If a person is found using marijuana or another controlled substance on federal property, they could be tried at a federal court, which often imposes higher fees and longer prison sentences.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is responsible for enforcing anti-drug laws and investigating potential infractions. If a California citizens drug-related activities crosses state lines, or if they interact with suspect organizations that do, there is a high potential that drug-related crimes will be prosecuted at a federal level.

Ask About Drug Charges Bail!

Having a loved one arrested on drug charges is a very stressful situation. Without detailed knowledge on municipal, county, and state laws, it can be very difficult to fully comprehend what’s going on. After you’ve contacted your trusted lawyer, you may also need the services of a local bail bonds service.

At Cut Loose Bail Bonds, our team has supported countless families and individuals facing the stressful circumstances involved with drug charges. Our bail bond professionals can ensure that your loved one sees as little pre-trial jail time as possible. That means that your loved one will have additional time to continue earning income, spending time with family, and consulting with their defense attorney.

Would you like to learn more about drug charge bail? Give our friendly team a call at 916-663-2245!

When You Have a Felony Charge

When you are arrested on a felony charge, it can be a scary situation. The average person is unsure of what happens if you get a felony or how to proceed in order to get their life back to normal. They need answers to questions like, “Do felonies go away?”, and, “Do you always go to jail for a felony?”. If you or a loved one has been arrested on a felony charge, the first thing to do is to call an attorney and a bond professional. These two experts can guide you through the process.

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Felony Vs. Misdemeanor Charges

When you are charged with a crime, it’s labeled as either a felony or misdemeanor charge. Misdemeanors are less serious crimes and carry a lesser sentence and fine than felony charges. Typically, nonviolent misdemeanors can even be bonded without having to see a judge for a bond hearing. However, felony charges are more serious and, therefore, carry a much heavier weight in the court system. These charges are typically assessed with a bond hearing in which a judge will set the bail bond amount to be paid for release. However, charges like manslaughter, murder, and robbery, all of which are felony charges, are often addressed with no bond for release until trial.

What is the Minimum Sentence for a Felony and Can You Just Get Probation?

In most cases, a felony charge comes with a minimum sentence of a year behind bars. Sometimes, though, a judge can hand down a felony probation sentence. This only happens when there are no previous charges and only in specific situations, and should not be expected. In some cases, your attorney can discuss your case with the judge to get charges or sentencing reduced.

Where are Felony Cases Heard?

While misdemeanors are heard in local courts, felony cases are heard by district judges. Along with a different setting, these trials usually have a longer wait. This is because felony trials often involve a jury along with evidence and sentencing.

Common Felony Charges

So, what is an example of a felony charge? Felony charges can range anywhere from burglary to murder. While not every felony will be accompanied by serious jail time, many offenses often do. We have listed a few of the most common felony charges and the sentences they could carry.

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  • Drug Violations: Drug charges can vary greatly, but felony charges are typically accompanied by at least 1-2 years and serious fines. They also often require drug abuse education and counseling.
  • Robbery and Burglary: Property crimes are very common and usually come with a sentence of at least 2 years up to 10-15 years. Burglary can have a lesser sentence than robbery because no victim is present.
  • Weapons Violations: Carrying an unauthorized handgun or other weapon is a felony charge that is accompanied by a mandatory sentence of 3.5 years if not in your home or vehicle. If you are charged in these specific locations, your unlicensed handgun charge will be a misdemeanor.
  • Domestic Abuse: Both domestic violence and child abuse carry very heavy sentences. While domestic cases can be either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on severity, most states automatically step up charges to a felony when the situation involves a child. This is one of the most varied charges and can come with any type of sentencing, from fines and counseling to prison time and probation.
  • Alcohol-Related Crimes: There are multiple types of alcohol-related crimes that range from misdemeanor drunk in public to felony DUI. Like domestic violence charges, these charges can vary and are accompanied by a wide range of sentences depending on past infractions and severity of the crime.
  • Fraud: Fraud charges cover anything from bounced checks to identity theft and can carry a wide range of sentences. Many times, these charges are dropped to a misdemeanor if there are no past convictions. However, in other cases, they carry up to 20 years in prison.
  • Liquor Law and Tobacco Violations: Underage sale of tobacco or alcohol can be considered a felony and is punishable by up to two years in prison along with hefty fines. However, in some cases, the charges can be lessened if there are no previous charges.

No matter what type of felony charge you’re facing in Roseville, CA, the professionals at Cut Loose Bail Bonds can help you get through the process as simply as possible. We guide you through the bonding procedure to ensure that you are released as soon as possible and are successful in your bond endeavor. We fully explain your options along with each process and charge, so you know exactly what to expect from the very beginning. When you need bonding in the Roseville, CA area, call the Cut Loose Bail Bonds professionals today at 916-663-2245.

What to Expect with Your First Arrest

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Although No One Expects It, Arrest and the Need for Jail Release Can Happen to Anyone.

Most people never expect to get arrested. Whereas other problems, like illness, relationship troubles, or the death of a loved one fall within the realm of possibility, arrest seems totally foreign. However, anyone can get arrested, especially in situations that involve alcohol. Even if you don’t anticipate arrest or incarceration, it can’t hurt to familiarize yourself with the basics of arrest procedure and bail. Even if you never need this knowledge for yourself, it could come in handy if a friend or family member finds themselves in handcuffs.

Arrest Procedure, Detention, and Jail Release

When it comes to arrests, the process itself represents the first step into the judicial system. As such, there exists a strictly-defined arrest procedure. Of note, the famous reading of the Miranda rights only becomes necessary if the police plan to interrogate you. If you are pulled over for a DUI, for example, the police will likely not “read your rights”. They will, however, pat you down to search for concealed weapons and contraband. After that, you will be placed in cuffs and transported to a municipal detention center. You will surrender your personal possessions upon arrival, and must approve a list of these items. You will then get booked, which involves the taking of fingerprints, a mugshot, and an inventory of identifying marks such as tattoos.

What follows is the arraignment process. This will typically take place first thing in the morning, and usually only on weekdays. This means that if you get arrested Friday night, you may have to sit in jail for three nights until your arraignment. At the arraignment hearing, a judge will formally charge you with a crime and determine your bail amount. From there, you simply wait in pre-trial detention until someone posts your bail. Pre-trial detention is the period you remain in custody until your court date, and could conceivably persist for weeks or months. If you want to leave pre-trial detention, you absolutely must understand how a bail bonds service works.

In the event of an actual jail sentence, especially one longer than a month or so, you may find yourself confronted with various imprisonment problems. These develop as effects of your absence from the free world, along with the permanent consequences of a criminal record.

  • Financial Problems
  • Employment Difficulties
  • Denial of Access to Student Loans
  • Denial of Access to Welfare Programs, Including Food Stamps
  • Relationship Problems
  • The Loss of Your Voting Rights
  • The Loss of Your Right to Own a Gun

Most crimes that the average person could experience arrest for are minor, and include things like petty theft, DUI, or disorderly conduct. Regardless, you will still find yourself in handcuffs, looking forward to your bail release. In order to attain jail release in Roseville, CA, reach out to your local experts at Cut Loose Bail Bonds. We remain available anytime at 916-663-2245.

What is Considered a Misdemeanor Crime?

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If You Have Been Arrested For A Misdemeanor and Need Bail, Call Us!

Whenever you post bail, you are making a promise that you will show up in court if you can be trusted to be released from jail. Failure to appear results in warrants out for your arrest. Outstanding warrant services can arise from fleeing law enforcement, not showing up to your scheduled court appearances, or not even knowing you have a warrant! Turning yourself in so you can quickly post your bail and meet with a lawyer is your best option. A lot of times, people have too many unpaid traffic tickets which result in warrants for a misdemeanor. Cut Loose Bail Bonds provides misdemeanor bail bonds in Roseville, CA and other areas around Roseville, CA. To to receive bail for your misdemeanor, call us at 916-663-2245.

Common Misdemeanor Arrests

  • Class A is the most serious misdemeanor offense, for which you can get up to 1 year in prison and a $5,000 fine. Common Class A misdemeanors include: assault, burglary, possession of a controlled substance, illegal possession of a weapon, or DUI. Resisting arrest and violating a restraining order are also considered class A misdemeanors. 
  • Common Class B misdemeanors include: prostitution, criminal mischief such as trespassing or indecent exposure, theft of property less than $500, or grafitti. You can get 6 to 9 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
  • Common Class C misdemeanors include: fraud, disorderly conduct, falsely reporting someone missing, or leaving a child or animal unattended in a vehicle. Punishments include 3 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
  • Traffic violations can sometimes be referred to as misdemeanors. Traffic violations often turn into misdemeanors when bodily harm to others becomes involved. These include hit and runs, driving under the influence, reckless driving, or failing to stop and render aid.

What Happens When You Do Not Show Up for a Court Date?

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A Judge Can Issue A Warrant For You If You Miss Your Court Date.

Dealing with any legal situation is very stressful. Not only do you have to file paperwork, get bonded, find an attorney, and build your defense, but you must also keep on top of and prepared for your court dates. There is no mistaking that while dealing with this situation, you will be dealing with a lot of information. Because of all of the information, the actual date in court may slip your mind or get lost in the shuffle. Regardless of what happens, a missed court date is a serious issue. A no-show in court can lead to:

And more. You may then end up awaiting your day in court in jail. It reflects poorly on your situation and can have you fighting even more of an uphill battle.

What Do You Do If You Miss a Court Date?

There are many reasons that can lead to a missed court date. Whether it’s an unexpected emergency, you forgot, or anything else, it can still land you in hot water. There are some things you can do however if you have a missed court date. You must act quickly of course, as procrastination can lead to you unexpectedly getting arrested for the bench warrant. Contact the court office and explain that you missed the date and why. You can work with them to see if you can organize a new court date and possibly pay bail if there is one. They will be able to help you find the best course of action.

Bail Services For Your Case

If you need bail for your case, Cut Loose Bail Bonds is here to assist with bonds services in Roseville, CA. Our experts will work with you to find the bail you need and get you out from behind bars. We understand how stressful this situation is and endeavor to reduce it for you with quick service. Give us a call today at 916-663-2245 for your needs.