In Florida the accused will be brought in front of a judge within 24 hours of being arrested. This is called first appearance. The accused is entitled to an attorney at first appearance. Bonds can be set high as a result of the lack of knowledge available to the court and court appointed attorney at first appearance. Hiring a private attorney makes sure that your friend or family member will have an attorney that understands their situation and can present evidence to the judge to reduce the bond. It is important that you seek representation for your friend or family member as soon as possible in a Daytona Beach case. Having a skilled Volusia County bond hearing attorney could mean the difference between your loved one being released on bond while pending trial or awaiting trial in the Volusia County Branch jail. In cases with large bonds requesting a bond hearing could save thousands of dollars. In Florida everyone accused of a crime is entitled to a bond hearing. Everyone is also entitled to a monetary bond unless the crime is punishable by life or death, the accused violated probation or the accused is a danger to the general public and the general public cannot be protected if the accused is released. The state must file a motion and convince the judge to hold the accused if the case is not a violation of probation or punishable by life or death. In Daytona Beach, many crimes are given a standard bond based upon a bond schedule. However, there are times when a motion to reduce bond needs to be filed or a Daytona Beach bond hearing must be held where the crime is one which does not automatically entitled the individual to bond or if the bond is just too high. It is extremely important that you have an attorney who will be prepared to go into court and fight for a bond. Daytona Beach bond hearing attorney Kevin J. Pitts is an attorney who has the experience to handle detention hearings and get the results your friend or family member needs to get out of jail and get their life back to normal as soon as possible. Factors considered in a Daytona Beach bail hearing are:
- Family history:
- Ties to the community
- Prior convictions (or lack of prior history);
- Prior failures to appear in court (or lack of);
- Risk of fleeing to avoid prosecution;
- Financial resources;
- Mental condition;
- Any other facts that may assist the court in setting or reducing the bond.
If your friend or family member has been arrested in Daytona Beach contact Daytona Beach bond hearing attorney Kevin J. Pitts at 386-451-5112. Mr. Pitts is available 24/7 and will personally answer your call on nights and weekends.