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Bond Hearings

Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyer for Bail Bonds

Pretrial Release – Tampa, FL

A person charged with a crime in Florida has a right to a bond, unless charged with a capital offense, a violation of probation, or an offense punishable by life imprisonment and the presumption is great.

Bail bond is the monetary amount that must be posted before a person can be released from jail. If granted a bond, an individual may have to agree to certain conditions before they are released, such as staying away from the area where the crime occurred, having no contact with the alleged victims, and any other reasonable restrictions as determined by the Judge. These conditions are known as requirements for pretrial release.

Under Florida law, the court is required to set bond hearings quickly and to impose reasonable conditions of release. In setting a bail amount, the court must be convinced that an accused person will appear in court when required. The court usually makes this determination by weighing an individual's ties to the community versus the likelihood that he or she will flee, if released.


Determining a Reasonable Bond for Tampa Arrests

Once a bond hearing is scheduled, the court may consider any of the following information for purposes of determining reasonable conditions of pretrial release:

• The nature of the crime(s)

• The evidence against the accused

• Community ties

• Employment history

• Financial resources

• Past and present criminal history

• The source of funds for the bail

• Victim input

• Whether there is a substantial risk of danger to the community


Conditions of Bond or Pretrial Release for Tampa Arrest

If pretrial release is granted, the court may impose a combination of the following conditions:

• personal recognizance of the defendant (ROR)

• execution of an unsecured appearance bond in an amount specified by the judge

• placement of restrictions on the travel, association, or place of abode of the defendant during the period of release

• placement of the defendant in the custody of a designated person or organization agreeing to supervise the defendant

• execution of a bail bond with sufficient solvent sureties, or the deposit of cash in lieu thereof

• any other condition deemed reasonably necessary to assure appearance as required, including a condition requiring that the person return to custody after specified hours


Release on Your Own Recognizance (ROR)

If an individual has little or no prior criminal record, or the evidence is weak, and it is believed that they will appear in court when required, or that they have a responsible person in the community who will guarantee their appearance in court, the judge has the option of releasing an individual without bail. This is called release on your own recognizance (ROR).


Contact Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney

Lawyer for Bond Hearing in Tampa, FL

If you have further questions regarding bail bonds or pretrial release, contact an experienced and knowledgeable defense attorney at the Capaz Law Firm. Dereck Capaz will provide you with relevant and straightforward legal advice and provide the individual attention you deserve. Call (813) 440-2700.


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