The court releases certain individuals on bail after they have been charged with a crime. Bail is offered for certain misdemeanor and felony charges. While on bail, individuals are expected to adhere to all legal codes in California.
Committing a felony while on bail is considered a crime in California. This action can lead to an increased penalty for the accused under Penal Code 12022.1. Find out more about bail conditions in California with the Simmrin Law Group. Call us at (310) 997-4688.
Basic Information About Bail in California
Bail is a monetary payment made to the court after an individual is accused of a crime. Paying bail allows individuals to stay out of jail or prison until the start of their criminal trial. Note that some areas of California may no longer enforce a cash bail policy.
During a bail hearing, the court decides how much bail an individual has to pay. A criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles can help with these hearings. For instance, your lawyer can help ensure your bail is set at a lower amount.
Once out on bail, individuals are expected to adhere to certain regulations. For example, individuals are expected to return for their court dates. They can face failure to appear charges if they do not return to court after getting released on bail.
Additionally, individuals are expected to adhere to the law while out on bail. Failure to obey the law while on bail is a criminal offense in California.
Information About Committing a Felony While on Bail
There are legal penalties for committing a felony while on bail. Individuals who are convicted of both a “primary” offense and a “secondary” offense while on bail face increased time in prison. Let’s review the definitions of primary and secondary offenses.
Primary Offenses in California
A primary offense is the initial charge an individual is arrested for in California. For example, say a woman is arrested for assault, then released on bail. While on bail she commits battery, causing severe bodily injury. This act of assault would be her “primary” offense.
Secondary Offenses in California
An individual may commit a secondary offense while out on bail. In the example above, the crime of battery is the “secondary” offense.
Penalties for Committing a Felony While on Bail
PC 12022.1 allows the court system in California to punish individuals who commit a felony while on bail. Generally, the court can add two years to an individual’s prison sentence. However, the court only adds this extra time if the individual is convicted of a primary or secondary offense.
The additional two years of prison time are not added if an individual is only accused of a secondary offense. These two years also do not apply if an individual is found not guilty of their primary offense. Team members at the Simmrin Law Group can help you review this situation in greater detail and how to fight these charges. Find out how by calling us at (310) 997-4688.
Handling Accusations of Committing a Felony While on Bail
A criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles can help if you were accused of a felony while out on bail. We may be able to help you avoid additional time in prison. Let us help you show that:
You Didn’t Actually Commit a Felony
Your lawyer can help you show that you were falsely accused of a crime and that you were not actually guilty of committing a crime while on bail. You may be able to avoid a conviction and its associated penalties under PC 12022.1.
You Were Not Guilty of the Primary Offense
You may be able to avoid additional prison time if you are found not guilty of your primary charge. We are ready to help no matter what criminal charges you may be facing. Reach out if you have been accused of a drug, sex, theft, or white-collar crime. We also take care of violent crime charges and more. Call us today to learn more about how we can help.
Contact Us About Committing a Felony While on Bail
Accused of committing a felony while on bail in California? Allow the team at the Simmrin Law Group to provide you with assistance right now. We’ll start reviewing your case immediately to help you understand Penal Code 12022.1 charges and how to fight them. Just contact us for a free consultation. A criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles is ready to help you.
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