When a person has been arrested for a crime in Indian River County, the law requires that they are taken before a judge within 24 hours to be advised of why they’ve been arrested and their bond amount. This is known as a “First Appearance Hearing”. Bonds are determined by a “bond schedule” and are based on the severity of the offense and whether or not the accused is a resident of the county or not. The judge will review the arrest warrant and will determine whether or not probable cause exists to justify the charges. If none exists, the judge will release the person on their own recognizance, also known as a “ROR” bond. If the judge determines that there is sufficient probable cause to justify the charges, then a reasonable bond should be imposed. There are also specific circumstances where no bond will be imposed.
If you have been arrested for a crime in Vero Beach, Gifford, Sebastian, Fellsmere, Oslo, Wabasso, or anywhere in Indian River County, The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. is ready to help you fight the charges against you and preserve your freedom and livelihood. One important step in this process is having the court set a reasonable bond. In cases where no bond is set, or if the court has set a bond so high that it is equivalent to having no bond at all, our Vero Beach criminal attorneys will work to get a more fair bond set. We can schedule a hearing on a Motion to Set Bond or a Motion to Reduce bond, and will present a persuasive argument to the court on your behalf.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for a crime in Vero Beach, Gifford, Sebastian, Fellsmere, Oslo, Wabasso, or anywhere in Indian River County, don’t hesitate to contact The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. for help. We will work tirelessly on your behalf to present the necessary evidence to secure a reasonable bond on your behalf. Call us at 772-770-4101 or fill out a contact form to discuss the details of your case right away.
How Bond Hearings Work
In order to secure a fair and reasonable bond, your defense attorney may need to request a Motion to Set Bond or Motion to Reduce Bond hearing. At this hearing, your legal team will present the necessary evidence to convince the court to set bond or reduce the already established bond amount. The court will typically consider the following information at these hearings:
- The circumstances and severity of the offense
- The potential legal penalties of the offense
- The Accused’s ties to the community, including the length of residence, family in the area, employment history, and financial ties
- Past and present conduct, including criminal history, and any previous failures to appear or flights to avoid prosecution
- Any potential danger to the community or the alleged victims upon release
- Whether or not the Accused is out on bond for another criminal charge
- The source of the funds used to post bail
These are not the only considerations the court will take into account when determining whether to set or reduce bail at these hearings. Your criminal defense lawyer will discuss all of the options and arguments available to you and will gather all of the necessary evidence to present a convincing claim on your behalf.
How To Post Bail
Once bail has been set, the Accused or the person’s family can post bail in a few different ways:
- Cash Bond – The person can post bail by paying the full amount at the county jail
- Bail Bondsman – If the person does not have the full bail amount on hand, they can turn to the services of a bail bondsman. A bail bondsman will typically assume responsibility for the bond for a 10 percent deposit.
If a cash bond is posted, the entire amount will be returned when the case has been resolved. If a bondsman is used, the 10 percent fee is non-refundable, and will be retained in exchange for their service.
Conditions of Release for DUI in Indian River County
If you have been arrested for DUI in Indian River County, there are additional considerations that govern release. A person can only be released from custody if their faculties are no longer impaired and if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is lower than .05 or if eight hours have passed since their arrest.
Contact The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. for Help
The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. has had success getting fair and reasonable bail set for individuals in Vero Beach and across the Treasure Coast region. We can help before the first appearance hearing, or will work with you to set a motion to set or a motion to reduce bond at a later date. Call us at 772-770-4101 to discuss how we can put our experience to work for you.