Being arrested is strenuous, and the last thing anyone wants is to sit in jail awaiting a trial. Florida has a cash bail system in place, which means you may be required to post bail or a bail bond before being released.
Bail and bond are well-known terms, but there is confusion about their meanings and if you do or do not get your money back.
Bail vs. Bond, Is there a Difference?
While the terms bail and bond are used interchangeably, they are not the same. A bond is short-term and more affordable. A bond may allow someone who can’t afford bail to get out of jail and return to their home, family, and job.
Bail is an amount set by the court to allow a pretrial release. The bail amount is determined by:
- The crime committed;
- The amount of evidence;
- Prior convictions;
- Failure to make past court appearances;
- Length of residence,
- Employment history;
- Financial resources;
- Likelihood of being a flight risk;
- Mental state;
- Will the release of the defendant pose a threat to the community?
- The possibility that there could be intimidation to any victims.
A defendant released on bail or bond must not engage in criminal activity, comply with all court terms, and refrain from communicating with the alleged victim. The bond or bail could be revoked if the defendant refuses to comply.
What Happens to Bail Money?
Bail is deposited in the local jail and held until the defendant has fulfilled all of their court obligations. If the defendant complies with all bail terms, the money will be returned after the proceedings are completed, even if the trial results in a conviction. The court may use bail funds to cover outstanding fines and court costs.
Is Bail Always Required to be Released From Jail?
The defendant could be released on their own recognizance without posting bail or bond. The court relies on the defendant’s word that they will comply with the terms of the pretrial release. Even if the bail has been set, it is essential to have an experienced defense attorney by your side to help secure a bail reduction or to secure a recognizance bond. If you or a loved one are awaiting trial and can’t afford bail, a defense attorney offering bail and bond services can help. Working with a defense attorney ensures you do not miss out on essential opportunities to defend yourself, make motions, and find weaknesses in the case against you.
If you have been accused of a crime and need bail or bond services, contact attorney Ronald Chapman to discuss your case and see how I might be able to help you. It is essential to have an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney by your side in court.
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