Can a Judge in West Palm Beach Florida Increase Your Bond Just Because He Wants to?


          In a recent Florida case, a judge, on his own initiative, increased a person’s bond from $5,000 to $500,000 because the judge thought that the person’s bond was too low given the crimes that he was charged with committing.  However, an appellate court reinstated the $5,000 bond for the following reasons:


          1.  The trial judge did not have the authority to increase the person’s bond on his own initiative.


          2.  Before a person’s bond can be increased, a prosecutor has to show "good cause" and give the accused person’s lawyer at least three hours notice that she intends to ask a judge for an increase in bond.  Neither of those things happened in this case.


          3.  A prosecutor must prove that there has been a change in circumstances or that additional evidence has come to light since the original bond amount was set.  That also did not occur in this case.


       If you have been arrested in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Belle Glade, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Jupiter, Lake Park, Lake Worth, Lantana, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Springs, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, or Wellington, call me, attorney Ron Chapman, at 561-832-4348 to discuss your case and see how I might be able to help you.