One of the first tasks that a criminal defense attorney has is to help clients get out jail. Bail is simply an insurance policy that you will appear at the court hearings and not become a fugitive. Bail is usually posted by a bail bond company that requires you to pay an 8 to 10% premium of the amount. Individuals have the right to post their own bail or property bond. After the case is resolved or acquitted, the money will be paid back to the person in full.
In San Diego, the return of the bail money takes 6 to 8 weeks. The person can cash their bail to pay off any fines or restitution. The amount of bail is set by a schedule based upon the seriousness of the charges filed against someone. There is a chance of the bail amount being increased if the judge believes the person is flight risk or a danger to the community.