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Bond for teen allegedly involved in beating seen as 'excessive'

As many of our California readers know, bail can be set sometimes in trials, even if the crime is considered to be a violent one. This can even happen in cases of assault, though our readers should keep in mind that this doesn't happen all the time. But even though bail is sometimes offered, this does not always mean that those accused will agree with the amount that is set. Sometimes, a person may even feel as if the amount is excessive in nature because it does not fit the crime or does not show leniency to a person who has been cooperative with police.

Our Livermore readers can see that this is the case for a 17-year-old teen in Michigan this month whose bail might be considered excessive by some. The teen is accused of participating in the assault of a 54-year-old truck driver. Set at $500,000, the bail is considered by the teenager's attorney as excessive for two reasons.

According to the defense lawyer, not only did his client voluntarily surrender to police and fully cooperate in the investigation but he played a very minor role in the crime, having left the scene prior to the escalated violence to which he is accused. Setting the bail so high does not reciprocate the good faith the teen has shown law enforcement, the attorney points out.

The same could be said if a similar bail amount was set here in California. If we take for example the bail amounts for the Superior Court of California in Sacramento County, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, which is similar to one charge that is currently facing the teen, holds a $25,000 bail amount. Compared to this amount, many would agree with the defense attorney's argument about excessiveness. And just as it is in Michigan, even this amount might be considered excessive here under different circumstances.

Sources: The Detroit Free Press, "Lawyer: Teen accused of 'minor role' in driver attack, calls $500K bond 'excessive'," Gina Damron, April 8, 2014  

The Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento, "Felony & Misdemeanor Bail Schedules, " Effective Nov. 21, 2013, Accessed April 8, 2014  

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