In the state of California, you have a right to receive credit for any and all of the time you spend in a jail cell. This means that each and every calendar day that you are in custody entitles you to at least one day of credit. How custody credits work is if you are arrested on January 1, 2017 at 11:58 PM and you are released on January 2, 2017 at 6:30 AM, under the California Penal Code, you have been in jail for two actual days as opposed to six hours.
In most cases and depending on the crime you are charged with in accordance with California Penal Code Section 4019, you are also entitled to an additional two days for conduct credit (also known as Good Time/Work Time Credits) totaling your time served in jail to be four days in jail (2 actual days plus 2 conduct credits totaling 4 days). To break it down and explain even further, even though you spent two actual days in jail the court will credit you for four days through CPC 4019.
Depending on the individual facts of your case, this jail time credit can be used to resolve fines, reduce community service, or even satisfy time for a jail sentence pronounced in your case.
If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is vital to contact an Attorney immediately. Please reach out to The Law Offices of Bryan R. Kazarian to schedule a free consultation today.