Continuing our series on the criminal defense process, Columbus criminal defense attorney firm, Probst Law Office, covers part two which is bond hearings.
When you are faced with a criminal charge, things can be scary, especially if you are completely unfamiliar with the process. That’s why we’ve created this series of blog posts. Being informed about the process can give you a sense of ease as you go through it, even if it feels like there is so much that’s unknown.
What is the Point of a Bail Bond?
The main purpose of a bond is to ensure the accused person actually shows up to court. The amount of the bail is set by the judge and no jury is usually present.
Bail can also be more than just monetary. Sometimes the judge will require other conditions like a curfew, the discontinuation of use of drugs and alcohol, or the possession of firearms.
Different Types of Bail Bonds
There are typically three ways in which a bond is set: recognizance bond, appearance bond, and surety bond.
This type of bond requires a signature rather than a form of payment. This is essentially a written promise you will show up to court as you are expected to. This bond is usually offered to those charged with minor misdemeanor offenses and those with relatively clean records.
An appearance bond requires the accused to post 10 percent of the bond in cash. When the case is done, 90 percent is returned. However, if you don’t show up for your court date, not only will a warrant be placed for your arrest, you will also need to pay the entire amount of the bond. Not to mention any additional fines or court fees.
With a surety bond, the accused must ensure there is someone who will post the bail if something were to happen, usually a bail bondsman.
What Goes on During a Bond Hearing?
During a bond hearing, the judge will preside and listen to the arguments from the defense as well as the prosecution to determine the amount of bail which is going to be set. During a bail hearing, the best possible outcome for the defendant is that bail will be granted in full.
The Eighth Amendment forbids excessive bail from being charged. Having a defense attorney can help you ensure that this right is protected when the judge gives you a bail amount, especially if the prosecutor is pushing for a higher bail amount.
If a judge chooses to deny a hearing for bail, then appeals can be made. Speak to your defense attorney if you find yourself in this situation.
Michael Probst Law Office Can See You Through Your Bond Hearing
Michael Probst and his team of attorneys understand the importance of having representation at your bond hearings. If you have no advocate, you can be subjected to any manner of violations of your rights. Competent.
For a defense attorney you can rely on to be with you throughout the entire criminal defense process, reach out to Probst Law Office.