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The first question most people have after they’ve been arrested is when they can post bail. The state of Florida, like the rest of the nation, allows offenders to post bail if they’re eligible after their first appearance. The bail amount will be determined by several factors and the defendant will have the option of paying the bail in full or finding a bondsman. Once the bail has been posted, the defendant can leave jail as long as they attend all their upcoming court dates.
The bail bond process can at times be complicated and stressful. It’s important you educate yourself thoroughly on the bail bonds process before you try to post bail for another person. If you’ve recently posted bail, then you will have to follow certain conditions until your upcoming court date. Failure to follow these conditions will result in a revocation of your bail, which will mean you must go back to jail for the entirety of the trial.
If you or someone you know must post bail for a crime, it’s imperative you find experienced legal representation to assist you.
Facing a criminal charge isn’t a cheap process. You’ll be required to pay court fees, conviction fees, administrative fees, and even possible restitution to complete your sentencing. The first financial step in the Florida judicial process is posting bail. A judge will issue a bail amount to you that must be paid if you don’t want to remain in jail for the entirety of the trial.
To learn more about the bail bonds process in Florida, contact Galigani Law Firm. Our criminal defense attorneys at Galigani Law Firm have years of experience assisting people accused of all types of crimes with posting bail. We can even negotiate with the judge on your behalf in an effort to reduce or get rid of your bail altogether.
Set up your first consultation by calling our office at [phone]. Galigani Law Firm accepts clients throughout the greater Gainesville and Alachua County area including Micanopy, La Crosse, Hawthorne, Waldo, Archer, and Newberry.
The state of Florida allows defendants to post bond in several ways. Understanding the different types of bonds and how they function may give you a good idea on which option is best for your financial health. Listed below are the three types of bail bonds a person can use to be released conditionally from state or county jail.
The actual amount to your bail will depend on several factors. Some crimes have a straightforward bond amount that may even be posted before their first upcoming court appearance. This is especially common with misdemeanors or municipality violations.
However, some criminal charges are incredibly complicated, so bail amount is determined may be withheld until the defendant’s court appearance. In these cases, the judge will weigh several factors before coming up with a bond amount they believe is appropriate for the crime and situation. The following are some elements the judge may consider when issuing a bond:
Under Florida law, the judge must determine a bail amount on the defendant’s first appearance in court. The first appearance also is where the defendant pleads “guilty,” “not guilty,” or “no contest” for their crimes after their charges have been read out to them. After these procedures are finished, the judge will end the hearing with the bond amount they determined is appropriate for the crime.
In some cases, a person can post bail before their first appearance. This usually occurs for minor misdemeanors or other smaller crimes where the bond amount is predetermined. It’s also common for those without any criminal history to receive a bond faster than those with one.
Some crimes, however, will never qualify for a bond before the first appearance. These include:
Laws for Bail in Florida | FL Statutes– Visit the official website for the Florida Statues, a collection of state laws where you can learn more about the criminal judicial process. Access the site to learn more information surrounding bail bonds, how the value is determined, the purpose for bonds, and how to qualify as a bail bondsman in the state of Florida.
List of Certified Bail Bondsmen | U.S. Department of Treasury – Visit the official website for the United States Department of Treasury to access a list of approved surety bond providers in the nation. Access the site to find a bail bondsman approved by the state and federal law so you or your loved one can finally leave the confines of jail.
Were you recently charged with a crime? Were you bestowed a large bond you’d like to reduce? If so, then we urge you to contact the attorneys at Galigani Law Firm. We have over three decades of collective experience reducing bond amounts through negotiations. Our attorneys can use the facts of your case and character to advocate for your release from jail.
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