In the State of Florida a defendant is entitled to a bond hearing within 24 hours after being arrested. With the number of arrests in the State, bond hearings are held every day. In some areas, they are held several times in a day. Sometimes, although the defendant will be present in the courtroom, judges will not and will instead appear “remotely” by video or other means. By the time you reach a bond hearing, you should be represented by counsel or be appointed an attorney by the State.
Most of the time bond will be set when the arrest is processed. However, some defendants may have to wait to appear for their bond hearing. It is even the case with many crimes that the question of bail itself is not for certain. Courts may deny bond to a defendant based on many factors including if it seems that a defendant will harm himself, harm others, or may be a flight risk.
When you are called before the court for a bond hearing, have an attorney with you who is familiar with these types of hearings. As former Assistant Public Defenders, the partners at Berman & Tsombanakis have a vast amount of experience and knowledge in these hearings. We have appeared in courts throughout the state of Florida for defendants facing a wide range of charges.
In the event you are facing charges in the future, get in touch with our Fort Lauderdale offices so that we can be ready to appear on your behalf. We will defend your rights and do whatever we can to make sure a reasonable bond is set so you may be released.