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Bail Waived In California Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

April 7, 2020December 14th, 2022Criminal Defense, Criminal Law News, Oakland

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, bail will be waived in California Courts temporarily for those arrested and charged with low-level offenses.  This decision was made in an effort to preserve the health and safety of those in custody without impeding on their constitutional rights as they wait in jails for their matter to be heard during the court closures caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The new bail waiver will go into effect beginning April 13, 2020 and will remain in effect 90 days after the state of emergency ends.  Bail will be set to $0.00 for misdemeanors and certain felonies, including individuals currently being held on bail.

In Alameda County, Superior Court began to set bail at $0.00 beginning Monday, April 6, 2020 for misdemeanors and felonies (with some exceptions).

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