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SB10 Bail Reform

Padilla Bail Bonds Is Working Tirelessly To Protect The Constitutional Right To Bail In California.

After SB10 bail reform was passed into law in 2018, many California bail bond professionals, including the Padillas, quickly went into action and successfully gathered enough qualified signatures to place this very important public referendum on the 2020 ballot. Now the California voters will have the final say about their own public safety.

The videos and other materials you’ll find on this page have been especially made to educate the people of California and the rest of the US about precisely what SB10 bail reform will entail. What it will cost you, and the rights that it will curtail.

Please take the time to watch the videos or read the transcripts below. If you have ANY questions, or if you think we have misrepresented the new law in any way, please call us on 916-446-2663. Thank you.


SB10 Bail Reform: What It Is


Hello, this is Topo Padilla from Greg Padilla Bail Bonds.
As you may have heard, in the past year there was a bill that was passed through the California legislature and then went on to be signed by the governor that took away a person’s ability to post a bail bond should they be arrested. They call this bail reform– well, what is bail reform? This “bail reform” is not reform; it is actually the elimination of a person’s right and an ability to bail themselves out of jail. This elimination of this right to bail comes through the language that disallows a judge from setting a monetary bail amount should someone be arrested. The substitution for eliminating bail will be replaced by a taxpayer-funded, government operated program that would assess a person’s ability to be released on such a program. A judge would then have the ultimate decision on who would be released and who would remain in jail. Should a judge rule that a person would not be released on their own recognizance or one of these programs, they would remain in jail without any ability to post their own bail bond.

While it sounds beneficial that a person would not have to pay for a bail bond these costs– which there will be– will in fact be paid by the taxpayers of California to release people from jail. Again, a person will either be released with pretrial conditions such as probation, house arrest, GPS monitoring by our government, or other conditions, or they will remain in jail. Soon after this bill was signed in 2018 by the California governor, the bail industry and others worked to gather the needed signatures that would lawfully have a referendum put on the ballot in November of 2020. This referendum calls for the elimination of the law that was created by SB 10 and to reinstate a judge’s ability to set bail and a person’s right to bail themselves out of jail, which is a constitutional right.

This is not solely about saving the bail bond industry, this is about saving a person’s right to bail themselves out of jail without the government overreach and/or monitoring if they are arrested. So in November of 2020, the voters will decide whether a person’s right to bail should be eliminated and replaced with government operated programs funded by the taxpayers of California. For more information about this very important matter feel free to call our office and speak to myself Topo or my father Greg, and you can reach us at 916-446-2663.


SB10 Update: What It Means For You


Hello, this is Topo Padilla from Greg Padilla Bail Bonds.
I want to give you some more details about bail reform, and the reality of what bail reform and SB 10 will bring to the citizens of California and the criminal justice system. Bail reform, as I’ve said before, is not about reform. It is about eliminating the constitutional right that a person has should they be arrested. While this will not have much effect on a great majority of the citizens of California, there are in fact a few different effects that it will have on every citizen in California.

First, if and when a person is arrested they will not have the ability to bail themselves out of jail. The only way a person can or will be released is by being released from a judge, at which time the person can be released on conditions such as probation, house arrest, or worse: GPS monitoring by our government. And by the way, this is all prior to being convicted of a crime! Should they be convicted, the effect that this will have is on the taxpayers of California. As I just said, if a judge decides to release a person and the conditions are put in place, the cost for these conditions will be paid by the taxpayers of California. These costs will be free to the person that is being released from jail but they will be paid by the government, which is you, the taxpayers.

And finally, one last point: The bail industry has a very critical role in the criminal justice system, and that is to guarantee that people appear in court at no cost to the taxpayers. If the bail industry is eliminated, it will be up to law enforcement to track down every person that fails to appear in court. Once again, these new costs and liabilities for law enforcement to track people down will be paid by the taxpayers. Not to mention all of the costs that will come from housing these people if they failed to appear. It will take law enforcement a lot of resources and time to do this. So, in November of 2020 the voters will decide whether a person’s right to bail should be eliminated and replaced by a government operated, taxpayer-funded program in California. For more information feel free to call our office anytime and talk to myself Topo, or my father Greg, about this very important matter. Call us at 916-446-2663.