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Suge Knight Arrested on Warrant After Traffic Stop

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By Aditi Mukherji, JD on September 12, 2013 10:31 AM

Death Row Records hip hop mogul Suge Knight was arrested in Los Angeles on an outstanding warrant following a traffic stop.

When Knight, whose real name is Marion, was pulled over for a traffic violation, officers determined there was a warrant out for his arrest on an unrelated matter and took him into custody.

County Jail

Back in February, a misdemeanor warrant was issued for Knight's arrest after he failed to make a court appearance. Knight was taken into custody at 12:50 a.m. and booked into a Los Angeles county jail, reports Reuters.

A county jail is used as a temporary holding facility for people who have been recently arrested or people who are charged with a crime and unable to pay bond or bail. It can also house people who are given short sentences for lesser offenses, generally one year or less.

By contrast, a prison is designed for long-term confinement.

Bail

In general, you get out of jail by posting "bail". Bail is satisfied usually by cash or a piece of property that has a cash value that you give to the court in return for your promise to show up to court when you are ordered to do so.

Typically, if you fail to make an appearance, the court will keep your bail and most likely issue an arrest warrant for you, meaning you'll probably end up back in jail.

That's exactly what happened to Knight. He was a no-show at court and wound up back in jail. This time around, Knight had to post $20,000 bail to be released from jail, reports Reuters.

When you're arrested for a low-level crime, jails often use a chart to determine the standard bail amount. This system allows folks like Knight to post bail and get out of jail in a matter of hours. Knight, for example, was released from the Los Angeles county jail a mere three hours after being taken into custody, according to Reuters.

Knight filed for bankruptcy back in 2006 -- so let's hope he can save some money this time around by gracing the court with his presence.

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