If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, it is imperative that you seek legal counsel in the early stages of your case to ensure that you are released on bond. This could be the difference between awaiting trial in jail or at home.
Bond and Detention in Florida
When you are charged with a crime, you are eligible for bond unless you are charged with a Capital crime, or a crime with a penalty of life in prison or death. Bond is in place for two main reasons:
- To assure the judge that you will appear in Court and not attempt to flee
- To assess the safety of the community and protect individuals from any unreasonable danger upon your release
At this time, the Judge will also determine a monetary bond amount or pre-trial detention, or grant release on one’s own recognizance or some other form of non-monetary release restriction. The Judge will look at several factors when making this determination, including:
- The nature and severity of the offense charged. A Judge will likely rule higher bond or pretrial detention for crimes like arson, aggravated assault and battery, sexual assault, major theft, drug manufacturing, and more.
- The Judge will also consider the evidence against the defendant. The more solid evidence against the suspect will result in a higher bond amount.
- Family ties, property ownership, employment, and mental condition will all play roles in the Judge’s ruling.
- Criminal history will be investigated thoroughly before a Judge rules on bond and detention.
Regardless high bond amount, the bond will not be deemed unlawful. The Appellate Courts ruled that a defendant’s inability to pay a high bond is not unlawful. If a defendant is unable to pay a high bond, he or she will be detained pending trial or until the bond amount can be paid in full.
An experienced Florida Bond and Detention Hearing lawyer can help to reduce your bond by showing that you have ties in your community, to your property and your employment. Contact The Law Offices of Edward G. Salantrie today to get started on your free consultation: (954) 523-2100.