THE BAIL PROCESS IN FLORIDA
When a person is arrested for a crime, the jail or magistrate may impose a bail amount that must be paid before the person will be released from jail. The accused can pay the full amount themselves directly to the courts or they can choose to use a bail bondsman. They’ll pay ten percent of the full bail amount to the bail bond agent who will then pay the jail the full bail amount in the form of a bail bond. The ten percent paid to the bail bondmans is a non-refundable fee for the service of paying the bail amount on behalf of the accused.
After submitting payment, the court holds the bail amount, in either the cash or bond form, without interest, until the court case is complete. When the judge makes a final ruling, the bail amount will be returned to the depositor. This process can sometimes take months or even years. However, if the accused misses a required court date, the bail is forfeited and the court keeps it.
NOTE: It is not uncommon for the Courts to impose a surety bond plus SOR.
What is Bail?
Bail is a method to get the defendant home during the trial proceedings. By posting bail, you secure the release of the accused. There are typically two factors the judge considers before setting bail. Is the defendant a danger to the community? What is the likelihood the defendant will flee? If the judge feels you meet the requirements set by the courts, you will be granted bail.
BAIL CAN BE REDUCED BUT MUST DEMONSTRATE THE FOLLOWING:
- The potential crime is not one that the defendant would do again.
- The defendant is not a danger to the community.
KEY FACTORS A JUDGE CONSIDERS WHEN SETTING BAIL
The defendant presents no likelihood to flee usually by presenting the following factors:
Stable Employment History
Member of Religious or Civic Organizations
Agree to Electronic Monitoring
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Florida Prison Release Options
There are multiple prison release options including:
The surety bond is the agreement between a bail bondsman and a person to get a defendant released from jail. The bail agent then guarantees to the court that they are responsible if the defendant fails to appear for their court hearings.
The defendant is responsible for paying the entire amount of the bail to be released in cash to the clerk of courts and will receive this amount back at the completion of all court appearances.
Release on Own Recognizance (ROR)
If the judge is convinced the defendant is not a risk, he or she may release the defendant on his or her own recognizance. This is a signed agreement by the defendant promising they will show up for all future court appearances and not engage in any illegal activity.
Supervised Own Recognizance (SOR)
If you accept SOR, you will be interviewed at the jail and,upon signing the paperwork, begin the release process.
Supervised Own Recognizance does require a personal visit to the SOR office once a week and they monitor your compliance. You are required to meet conditions imposed by the court, as well as assuring that the Court is aware if you violate any of your conditions, miss an SOR meeting or pick up a new criminal charge. Every week, there is a $10 SOR fee. Failure to pay this fee can put you back in jail for not complying.
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