When someone has been arrested and taken to jail, that person’s most pressing problem is bonding out of jail so that he is not incarcerated while awaiting trial. As long as the person is not arrested for a crime of violence, he can immediately pay a bond and get out of jail.
However, if the person is arrested for a crime of violence, then he must wait until the next day to appear before a judge at what is called a first appearance hearing. Typically, the judge will set some type of bond at that hearing that the arrested person can (hopefully) pay and get out of jail.
Every person who is charged with a crime in Florida is legally entitled to a bond except for those individuals who have been charged with a capital crime or a crime punishable by life in prison. However, even in those most serious of cases, judges still have the discretion to set a bond if they so choose.
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