Obtaining Bail Before Sentencing or Appeal in California's Federal System
Even if you've already been convicted of a federal criminal offense in California, you may have the ability to remain free on bail until you are sentenced or appeal your case. A skilled attorney from The Kavinoky Law Firm will fight to preserve your freedom while you are awaiting sentencing or appeal of your federal criminal conviction.
The issues raised in this portion of the criminal process are governed by the Federal Bail Reform Act. The critical issue when seeking bail after a conviction is whether or not you've been sentenced. The courts are typically less reluctant to release you on bail after you've been sentenced, because of the belief that someone whose punishment has already been laid out is more likely to flee the jurisdiction and evade punishment altogether.
Whether your offense is considered a violent crime or drug-related will also impact the court's willingness to release you on bail after you've been convicted. It will likely be more difficult to obtain bail in a violent crime or drug-related case, but it's still possible with the help of an aggressive defense lawyer.
Being released on bail may be critical to your defense as it will allow you to meet with your attorneys and participate in your case much more freely. However, in order to do so, you will likely be subject to more stringent bail conditions and required to post substantial collateral.
The bottom line is that it's possible to be released on bail after being convicted of a federal offense in California, but doing so will likely present greater challenges than obtaining bail before conviction. Being released on bail will help you to participate in your own case and obtain a more favorable sentence or aggressively appeal your conviction. To learn more about your options in obtaining bail after a federal criminal conviction, please contact an experienced California attorney from The Kavinoky Law Firm today for a free consultation.