Last week, Jay Mariotti, one of ESPN’s TV commentators and writer for Fanhouse.com was arrested for felony domestic assault committed against his girlfriend. The arrest stemmed from an incident that began in a Santa Monica club and escalated when Mariotti and his girlfriend returned to their Venice Beach apartment. It was there that Mariotti allegedly pushed and shoved his girlfriend, reportedly leaving her with cuts and bruises.
Mariotti was released from LAPD’s 77th Street Division jail on $50,000 bail. This is the amount that is set in the Los Angeles 2010 felony bail schedule. Depending on how Mariotti posted bail will determine how and when bail is forfeited or exonerated.
If Mariotti attends all of his court appearances, his bail will be exonerated or released at the conclusion of his case. If he paid cash bail, the court will refund his entire bail. If he (or a cosigner) posted bail via a bail bondsman, the court will refund the bail to the bondsman. Mariotti (or the cosigner) forfeit the deposit they originally paid to the bond company (which by law, is a maximum of 10% of the bail amount).
If Mariotti does not attend all appearances (either personally or through his attorney), the court keeps the bail. If he paid cash bail, he loses the money. If he (or a cosigner) used a bondsman, the bondsman will go after Mariotti first, then after the cosigner for the money. Alternatively, the bail agent may keep or sell Mariotti’s collateral.
For more information about California’s laws that regulate how and when bail is forfeited or exonerated, feel free to give us a call or contact your local bail bondsman.