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The Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution states, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” Article I, Section 14 of the Constitution of the State of Florida also establishes, “Unless charged with a capital offense or an offense punishable by life imprisonment and the proof of guilt is evident or the presumption is great, every person charged with a crime or violation of municipal or county ordinance shall be entitled to pretrial release on reasonable conditions.”
Even when alleged offenders in criminal cases are granted bond (also known as “bail”), the amount that the bond is set at can often be extremely high and difficult to pay. In some cases, a Tallahassee criminal defense lawyer may be able to file a motion to have the bond reduced.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for an alleged crime in North Florida, it is in your best interest to immediately retain legal counsel for help possibly getting your bond reduced or eliminated.
Pumphrey Law aggressively defends clients accused of all kinds of criminal offenses in Monticello, Quincy, Tallahassee, Bristol, Crawfordville, and many surrounding areas of the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend region.
Don Pumphrey and the Tallahassee criminal defense lawyers at Pumphrey Law can represent you in a bond reduction hearing and fight to secure the release of you or your loved one from custody.
Call (850) 681-7777 today to have our attorneys review your case and discuss all of your legal options during a free, confidential consultation.
In Florida, offenders are entitled to appear in front of judges within 24 hours of their arrests. During the first appearance (or initial appearance), the judge will determine whether there is enough information in the arrest affidavit to establish probable cause against the alleged offender and either affirm, lower, or raise the bond that was set for the alleged offender. An experienced criminal defense lawyer may be able to file a motion to set or reduce bond during an individual’s first appearance.
Moreover, in tight situations, an attorney can arrange to have an emergency bond hearing schedule within a few days of the offender’s arrest. Alleged offenders in certain cases (such as capital offenses or domestic violence crimes) may be denied bond, but many other people may be eligible to have their bond reduced.
Under Florida Statute § 903.046, a court will consider all of the following factors when determining whether to release an alleged offender on bail or other conditions:
A Tallahassee criminal defense lawyer can negotiate with a prosecutor to possibly stipulate certain conditions of an alleged offender’s release as part of the bond reduction. The conditions that the criminal defense attorney and the prosecutor agree to will be presented to a judge for his or her approval.
In some cases, such as charges for violent crimes, domestic violence, or gang-related activity, bond may not be made available until after the alleged offender’s first appearance. In Leon County, the following bond schedule applies to all courts in the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida:
Do you or your loved one need bond to be reduced in order to be released from custody in North Florida? You should not delay in contacting Pumphrey LawDon Pumphrey and the criminal defense attorneys in Tallahassee at Pumphrey Law.
We represent individuals in communities all over Liberty County, Wakulla County, Leon County, Gadsden County, and Jefferson County. You can have our lawyers provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call (850) 681-7777 or submit an online contact form to receive a free initial consultation.
This article was last updated on Friday, September 15, 2017.
Attorney Don Pumphrey, Jr. is a former prosecutor, former law enforcement officer, and a successful and experienced criminal defense attorney. Don has achieved over 100 not guilty verdicts at trial and over 2,000 dismissals.
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