This article was first published June 4th, 2012. Some of the laws may have changed since this that date.

George Zimmerman had just turned himself in to jail again in Sanford, Florida as prosecutors alleged that he misled the court about his finances at his first bond hearing in Sanford, Florida. Whether the allegation against Zimmerman was true or not, the moral of the story is to never lie to the judge or present perjured testimony on your behalf in an effort to get your bail or bond reduced.

As a result, his bond was set to one million dollars and required a sort of "fundraising" to even get him out of jail.  When you lie to a judge and jury, things may start getting personal.

There will be plenty of situations where family and friends may not be able to raise enough money to post bond, and the individual will have to wait an extended period until the court date. A bondsman can step into this situation and post the bond, but it will essentially work much like a loan that will be paid back with interest or a set fee.

At an initial bond hearing, the defendant by himself or through witnesses may present testimony that their financial resources are so limited in an effort to convince the judge to not set a high bond at their bail hearing. Just remember that the state can independently try to investigate the veracity of your testimony and you do not want to be put in a position where the state, your lawyer or the judge was unaware of you not being one hundred percent truthful. In those rare cases the state finds out the defendant or his or her witnesses may have lied, the government will move to revoke the bond set and potentially prosecute the perpetrator with perjury. If you or a loved one finds your bond revoked and in need of a hearing, contact the bond hearing lawyers at the Umansky Law Firm at 407-228-3838.

Having a bond set for you will at least grant you freedom in the time being to spend with friends and family.  It is important to be able to organize your time outside of jail instead of waiting for a court or trial date behind bars.

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