Deputies arrested a suspect on a no-bail warrant after engaging on a foot pursuit through Newhall. According to the early reports of the incident, the deputies who arrived on scene initially believed that the suspect had been armed with a handgun. once the suspect was apprehended, deputies conducted a search. No handgun or other firearm was discovered, though deputies did come across what appeared to be burglary tools.
After discovering the possible burglary tools, the suspect was arrested on a no-bail warrant and taken to the Santa Clarita Sheriff Station to undergo booking and processing.
What Is a No Bail Warrant?
Bail is a right granted under the 8th amendment of the US Constitution. As such, the vast majority of defendants who find themselves in custody are eligible for bail. However, judges must balance the constitutional right of those who are defended with the overall safety of the community. If a judge feels that a defendant may pose a threat to themselves or others if they’re allowed to remain free from police custody, the judge will suspend the defendant’s rights.
Situations in which no-bail warrants are most commonly issued are those in which the defendant has previously been freed on bail, but then chose not to attend their court date(s). Those who do not meet their court obligations are often designated as a “flight risk” and are denied immediate bail upon any further arrests due to their past history. Other situations in which a person is denied bail immediately are when the courts need time to ensure that the defendant’s bail money aren’t coming from any illicit sources. This is known as a 1275 hold and is essentially the court’s way of proving that a criminal (whether they’re a drug dealer, thief, or whatever else) isn’t able to bail themselves out of jail using the proceeds from their illicit activities.
Ultimately, it can still be possible to bail someone out of jail who was arrested on a no-bail warrant. The warrant generally means that the defendant isn’t going to be able to immediately post bail after they complete the booking and processing procedure. However, if the individual is deemed too dangerous to the community or as a potential flight risk, they may have to remain in custody.