Bail for a defendant is going to be based on a number of criteria.
- What the crime was.
- Whether or not the defendant has a prior record of criminal activity.
- The bonds he or she has with other members of the community (flight risk).
- His or her financial standing.
There is such a thing called a bail schedule that exists. The judge follows this bail schedule that outlines bail amounts per crime, while also weighing in the rest of the above factors too.
Once the judge announces the bail, the defendant, or someone on their behalf, will need to contact San Francisco Bail Bond Store to get bail bond paperwork filled out and processed. Once that is done, he or she is freed and can return home to live until and during trial!