Bond Hearings

West Palm Beach First Appearance and Bond Hearing Lawyer – Florida Bond Hearing Lawyer

Florida First Appearance

A citizen accused has the right to be brought before a judge within 24 hours after arrest for a First Appearance hearing.  At the First Appearance, the court will consider what release conditions to impose based on a variety of factors, including a defendant’s prior record, seriousness of the instant offense, ties to the community, employment history, input from alleged victims and law enforcement, and any previous failures to appear.  The reviewing judge has the discretion to order a variety of release conditions on defendants, including release on your own recognizance (OR), supervised release (SOR), monetary bond, electronic monitoring, travel restrictions, no contact provisions, forfeiture of weapons, substance abuse evaluations, and other conditions the court deems necessary to ensure the defendant’s appearance in court and to protect the community.

Bond Hearings

If a defendant is unable to bond out based on the conditions enunciated by the First Appearance judge, they may request a bond hearing at a later date in order to more fully present legal reasons why the initial conditions should be modified and the defendant released back into the community. Witnesses can testify and alternatives to custody can be proposed at bond hearings in order to secure someone’s release. There are certain serious criminal offenses where the court may opt to hold a defendant no bond, meaning they will be held in jail until the trial or disposition of their case. But, thorough and eloquent presentations of an offender’s background, family ties, and any other stabilizing facet of an offender’s life represent the best way to advocate for someone’s release, no matter how serious the allegations.

Nellie L. King understands the intricacies of requests for bond in criminal cases. She can guide you or your family through the traumatic process of getting released from jail on reasonable conditions. In the end, you and your family may be actually saving money by reducing the bond at a hearing, rather than paying the initial, full bail amount. Some of the things that will matter when it comes to lowering a bond  include:

  • the financial circumstances of the defendant
  • the defendant’s address and ties to the community
  • the defendant’s occupation and employment history
  • the defendant’s family and relatives that live in the community
  • the extent and nature of any criminal history of the defendant
  • the nature and circumstances of the alleged offense
  • extenuating medical or psychological circumstances of the defendant

Cash and Surety Bonds

Once the bond amount is set by the court, your family has two options for posting bail:

  • Cash Bond – bail that is posted in cash or in cashier’s check at the sheriff’s office, usually by the family of the accused.  At the end of the court case, the cash bond will be returned in full, provided the defendant appears in court for all hearings.
  • Surety Bond – bail that is posted through a surety or bail bonding company on behalf of the accused.  You can expect to be charged a 10 percent bond premium fee to the company that you will not get back.  For example, if bail is set at $10,000, then you may be facing a $1,000 fee through a surety bond.  For many families, surety bond postings represent the most feasible manner to secure someone’s release.

South Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer

The rules and nuances surrounding bail or bond hearings can be complex.  The best option is to speak to a qualified Florida attorney as soon as possible.  Contact Nellie L. King at 561-833-1084, available 24 hours a day, or fill out the form on the side of this page to schedule your free initial consultation.