Bail and Bail Bond Hearing

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Being accused of committing a criminal offense can be one of the most life-altering experiences. In many cases, individuals are held in jails for months on end as they await their trial date which can be especially harrowing for a first-time offender. The only chance of release is if a judge grants you bail, allowing you to post bond to be released from jail until your trial date. However, this is best achieved with the help of a seasoned bond hearing lawyer.

The Orlando bond hearing lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm have over 100 years of combined experience and former state and local prosecutors. A bond hearing has the potential of being either extremely beneficial or devastating. Improve your chances of being granted the freedom to return home to your family after your arrest by allowing us to zealously represent you in the court of law.

What is a Bond?

Suspected criminals who are arrested and jailed will likely have the opportunity to place bail. A common reason why an individual may be held without the chance to set bail is if the judge deems the suspect to be a danger to society. The terms bail and bond are often confused by those who do not study the law, and although they sound similar, they have distinct differences.

Bail is a type of property like cash or a cash alternative that a charged individual pledges or deposits to the court for a release from jail in return. Bond comes in two forms:

  • Surety Bond: A third-party (bails bondsman) agrees to take responsibility for the bond in exchange for a 10% fee once the bail is fully paid off. One must often offer up collateral like a home or car to the bondsman to secure the “loan.”
  • Signature Bond: For less severe offenses, the accused can promise on their own recognizance that they will appear at future court proceedings by signing a bond.

Individuals often go through bondsmen when they cannot afford a bond, but a seasoned criminal defense lawyer could help you in more ways than one. The Orlando criminal defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm can help have your bail reduced or even convince the judge to make you available for bail. Doing so on your own is possible, but with the help of an experienced attorney, your chances drastically increase.

Bond Hearing Proceedings 

During a bond hearing, the defense attorney and prosecution make their arguments as to why the individual in question should be offered or denied bail. The ultimate decision lies with the judge who will consider the arguments of the opposing sides as well as multiple deciding factors:

  • Bail schedules
  • Severity of the offense
  • Criminal history
  • Outstanding warrants
  • Community ties
  • Threat to public safety
  • Potential flight risk

Bond hearings can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours but rarely longer than a day. It is also rare for a judge to delay his or her final decision. Once set, one can pay bail with either cash, check, or property worth the full amount of bail.

The Benefit of a Bond Hearing Lawyer 

It is especially crucial for you to put your best foot forward during a bond hearing. This is necessary because it can be the difference between you returning home to your family and spending a seemingly endless amount of time behind bars for a crime you haven’t been convicted of committing.

Your goal in a bond hearing is to prove to the judge that you are a credible individual who can be trusted to return to court for further court proceedings. Your attorney can attest to your character from an objective standpoint and refute claims presented by the prosecution sharply and without missing a beat. Statistics show that with an attorney by your side, you’re twice as likely to be released upon your own recognizance, four times likely to have your bail reduced, and generally more likely to serve less jail time.

Seasoned Orlando Bond Hearing Lawyers

The Orlando criminal defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm can provide you with these services and more. With a skilled team of attorneys who’ve spent time as prosecutors on the state and local level, we can use our knowledge to remain a step ahead of the opposition and help guide you to a favorable ruling.

Contact us today at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation. Our team of Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyers is here to provide you with the legal representation needed to help settle your legal matter on the most favorable terms.