What Exactly Is a Bond Reduction Hearing?

We’ve all heard the term before.  What does it mean?  Although it may last mere minutes, it plays a critical  role in setting the tone for any criminal case that is pending in any Florida criminal court.  Bond amounts are established according to information referred to as local bond scheduled.  Once an individual is arrested, the purpose of a bond is ensure that person’s appearance in court at later scheduled court events such as their Arraignment, Status and Pre-Trial Conferences.

Generally speaking, once an individual is arrested, they are then referred to as a defendant, i.e, the accused in a criminal case.  In the State of Florida, any defendant is entitled to a First Appearance in front of either a county or circuit judge.  At that time the judge then determines if there is probable cause (enough facts and circumstances that would warrant a person of reasonable caution in the belief that the charged crime had been committed) in the arrest affidavit that the defendant committed the charged offense.

A defendant’s criminal history, including arrests, are key in having a low bond set.  If a defendant has no criminal history and has been arrested for a non-violent offense, it is common for he or she to then be released on their own recognizance (ROR’d).  ROR status is simply the defendant’s own assurance to the Court that they will appear at their later court events.  If a defendant does not qualify for ROR status, then their ties to his or her community (including number of years in the area, employment, family responsibilities, and financial resources) become even more essential in supporting the assertion to the Court that either an ROR or a low bond should be issued.  If you have questions pertaining to any issue regarding the setting of a bond hearing, contact the Soud Law Firm for a free consultation.  The Soud Law Firm has the answers.