If you have been charged with a crime in California, you may be confused about the wording that was used in your case. Many people do not know what various legal terms mean, and one of the most misunderstood is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor. We at the Law Offices of Matthew C. Bishop can not only represent your rights in a court of law, but can also educate you on the exact charges of which you are being accused.
A new bi-partisan measure is being introduced by California Senator Kamala Harris and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to work towards eliminating the bail bond system across the country. As the USA Today reports, a study found that 62 percent of the people being held in California jails were there because they could not pay their bail, and they were being detained prior to their trials or while they awaited sentencing. In California, the median amount asked for bail is $50,000, which is five times as much as the average nationwide.
If you find yourself facing numerous or serious charges under California state law, it's very possible that you have been offered the possibility of going into a plea bargain or negotiation. Despite the negative press, plea negotiation isn't an unusual or rare option, and it could be of great benefit to you.