Frequently Asked Questions About Bail And Bond

When someone you love is arrested and held on bail or bond, it can be a frightening time. Here are some answers to three common questions about bail and bond from experienced state and federal defense attorney Joe Bodiford.

1. How can I get someone a more reasonable bond?

Florida law creates a presumption against monetary restraints. The purpose of bond is not punishment, but rather to ensure the person arrested will appear in court. I can schedule a hearing to address the bond status.

2. How soon can we get a bond hearing?

A motion for a more reasonable bond can be scheduled within a few days, sometimes even the next day. At the bond hearing, I can point out to the court the arrested person's strong ties to the community and lack of prior arrest record.

3. If someone is being held with no bond, how do I get him/her out?

There are two ways to change a no bond status: either by entering into a bond agreement with the prosecutor (but the judge must agree with the reduced amount and sign an order granting the change) or by having the person being held brought before the judge as soon as possible.

What Other Questions Do You Have?

For more answers and help with your situation, contact Bodiford Law, P.A., in Tallahassee. We offer free consultations. Contact us online or call 850-222-4529 (for existing clients) and 850-583-7381 (for new clients).