When you or someone you love it arrested, it can be a frightening time. State and Federal defense attorney, Joe Bodiford answers some of your questions here.
by Tallahassee Criminal Defense Attorney Joe Bodiford
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.
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.
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 enter 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.