Bakersfield, CA asked in Criminal Law for California

Q: Criminal charges were filed against me i bail out a day later, i was given court dates but didnt appear on the court cal

So im thinking charges were droped, Days later i find out different charges were filed and serious ones at that, had a new court date but my bail remained the same and active, but shouldnt i be rearrested on the new charges, and have to post bail again on the new charges?

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John Karas
John Karas
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Temecula, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Not necessarily unless the new charges are substantially different (i.e. felonies) from what you were charged initially (misdemeanors).

Whether the new charges are serious misdemeanor or as as felonies, do yourself a favor and hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer in your area rather than opt for a Public Defender just because they're "free" (they're not actually, the penalty assessments in the fines imposed partly cover their representation and PD's are only available to defendants who are financially eligible).

Paul Samuel Geller
Paul Samuel Geller
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Pasadena, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You should consult with and hire an experienced criminal attorney. What they charged will now alter the "requested bail" in court. So when you show up, that is what the prosecutor is going to ask for. If it was more than 15 days since your bail was originally posted, you COULD be forced to post a new bond. There are all kinds of factors going on here, things that an experienced criminal defense lawyer could help you with as you strategize to tackle this situation. Hire someone quickly, in order to take advantage of the current jail release situations as well as to begin strategizing long term. You don't want to end up back in jail at your court date. Again - lots to discuss here.

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