South Florida Bond Reduction Lawyers
If you are arrested in the state of Florida, you have a constitutional right to a reasonable bail bond before any conviction. Please review the following information and contact our firm so that we can ensure that your constitutional rights are preserved.
Bail refers to the cash or cash-equivalent that an arrested person gives to a court to ensure that he or she will appear in court when ordered to do so and/or will not flee the jurisdiction if he or she is released on bail. The amount of bail set by the court is referred to as bond.
Purpose of Bail:
The purpose of a bail bond is to allow an arrested person to retain his or her freedom until they are convicted of the crime, to ensure that he or she shows up at subsequent criminal proceedings, and to protect the community against the probability of unreasonable danger posed by the defendant.
How to Post Bond:
Once the amount of the bond is determined, the amount may be posted in one of two ways. First, the arrestee’s family could post the entire amount with either cash or a cashier’s check. Second, a bail bondsman could be employed and would post the bond in exchange for 10% of the entire amount which is non refundable, plus collateral, which would be returned at the end of the case.
A bail bond agent, or bondsman, is any person or corporation who will pledge money or property as bail for the appearance of a criminal defendant in court. Once bail is posted the client should be released in a matter of hours.
Bond agents generally charge a fee of 10% of the total amount of the bail required in order to post a bond for the amount. This fee is not refundable and represents the bond agent’s compensation for his or her services
Benefits of Early Representation:
If you are able to consult with an attorney prior to speaking with a bail bondsman; the attorney may be able to help you to negotiate the terms of the bond with the bondsman. It is common that lawyers have bondsman who they usually work with who may be willing to write a bond for less money or collateral because the bondsman knows that the attorney will help ensure that there will be no missed court dates and that the arrestee has made a commitment to an attorney and is unlikely to skip town.
The attorney may also advise the client that they should wait until the attorney is able to obtain a bond reduction before posting the bond. This decision could allow the defendant to have more resources available to mount the best defense possible. If you cannot afford the bond, your lawyer may file a motion to reduce bond and argue that certain factors are present which may result in a bond reduction. During the motion, the Lawyer may ask the judge to consider several factors such as your length of time in the community, lack of prior criminal record, family ties, employment, and other relevant factors.
Please contact the Garvin Law Firm, at the above phone numbers, so that we can discuss the particular events in your case and inform you as to how you may be able to benefit from our representation.
-Fort Lauderdale Bail Bond Lawyer Webpage-
-Broward County Bail Bond Reduction Attorney Information-