Bond Motions And Violation Of Probation
When a person is arrested for a crime, they are taken to the county jail and booked. Once booked, a bond is set according to a standard bond schedule or by the Court. Sometimes, depending on the crime or a person’s criminal record no bond is set. That means the person will stay in jail until their case is over. Other times, people that have been released from jail on bond are recommitted to the jail because they are alleged to have committed a new crime or new charge and the court has revoked their bail. If you or someone you know is in jail and is unable to afford a bond or is in jail with no bond, call Chris to pursue a bond hearing or bond reduction hearing. If you have a violation of probation, chances are there will be a warrant issued for your arrest and that warrant will have “no bond.” This means that once you are arrested for the violation of probation, you will remain in jail until you have been seen by the judge who originally sentenced you. Violations of probation occur when the probationer did not abide by the rules of probation, such as reporting once a month, submitting to a urinalysis, failing to do community services hours or pay fines, or committing a new offense. Many times a criminal defense attorney can expedite a hearing in front of the judge and negotiate a settlement allowing you to be released from jail. If that is not possible, I will set your case for a violation of probation hearing which involves the taking of testimony by the probation officer or other witnesses to determine whether there has been willful and substantial violation. If you or someone you know is facing a violation of probation in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee, Hernando and Sarasota counties, please call Chris to discuss your legal rights and options.