When you are arrested for a crime it is desirable to get out of jail as soon as possible, and stay out of jail during the pendency of your case. The way to accomplish this is by posting bail. Bail is set by the judicial system, and is usually in an amount too high for the average worker. Luckily there are options. A bail bondsman can help you post bail, so you can get out of jail and get back to your life. It is a much less difficult task to defend a criminal case if you are out of jail and have the freedom to meet with your attorney on a regular basis.
When deciding on a bondsman, make sure the person or company you use is reputable and licensed. Dealing with an experienced company will make the experience less cumbersome and will give you the knowledge needed to stay on track with your case. You will be expected to do the following:
● Appear at every scheduled court appearance, so you bail isn’t revoked.
● Pay the bondsman a percentage of the bail amount set, in exchange for the bondsman posting the bail on your behalf.
While you do have the option of posting a cash bond, if the amount is out of reach a bondsman may be your only answer. The amount of bond will vary from case to case, but the Court generally looks at factors such as the nature and severity of the charges against you, whether this is a first or subsequent offense, and the likelihood you will leave the jurisdiction before your case is final. If the bail amount set in your case is too high, you can ask the Court to make a reduction. Doing so requires a persuasive argument, and is best made by a trained criminal defense attorney. If you or a loved one has questions about bail reductions or how the process works, call our office today.
For more information on posting bond, call a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for help. Call us today to schedule an appointment that includes a free initial evaluation of the facts of your case.