California teen gets $1m bail bond for renting exotic sports car? And has to show source of bail funds?
Judge Sets Bail Bond at $1m for California Teen
You mean it’s suspicious if a teenager is driving a $240,000 exotic sports car and renting a $12 million dollar home? I guess some law enforcement officer thought so. Mohanned Halaweh was arrested Wednesday, 6/4/14, in Santa Rosa, California while driving a 2012 McLaren coupe which it’s owner had reported as stolen.
The 19 year old is charged with using stolen credit cards to pay $13,000 for the McLaren rental fees and renting a $12m vacation home. The Sonoma County Judge set his bail bond at $1m. He is also charged with credit card fraud, receiving stolen property, identity theft and vehicle theft.
1275 Hearing to Show Source of Bail Funds
$1m is a very large bail, however with this kid’s propensity to make money appear out of thin air it seems as though it would be rather easy for him to post his own bond, right? That’s where things are going to get sticky for Mr. Halaweh. In California we have what are called 1275 hearings, or bail source hearings. These are meant to show that the funds and collateral for any bail bond are coming from legitimate sources. I’ve had to do these for a few clients and they’re pretty straight forward. The attorneys and I just had to present financial documentation for the co-signers showing they had real jobs and real sources of income. In one case it was particularly easy because the defendant’s dad had won a major slot payout at a San Diego casino not once, but twice.
I don’t know what Mr. Halaweh’s parents’ financial status is, however I’m guessing it’s not going to be able to cover a $1m bail bond if he’s out (allegedly) stealing credit cards and renting McLarens.
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Original Associated Press Article.