In Florida the accused will be brought in front of a judge within 24 hours of being arrested. This is known as first appearance. The accused has a right to an attorney at first appearance. Bonds can be set high as a result of the lack of knowledge available to the court and limited time court appointed attorneys have 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 amount. It is important that you seek representation for your friend or family member as soon as possible in a Seminole County case. Having a skilled Seminole County bond hearing attorney could mean the difference between your loved one being released on bond while pending trial or awaiting trial in the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford. In large bond cases requesting a bond hearing could save thousands of dollars. In Florida everyone accused of a crime is entitled to a bond hearing. Everyone is entitled to a reasonable 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 Seminole County, many crimes are given a standard bond based upon the bond schedule. However, there are times when a motion to reduce bond needs to be filed or a Seminole County bond hearing must be held. This often happens when the crime is one which does not automatically entitle 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. Sanford 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. Mr. Pitts can help them get out of jail and get their life back to normal as soon as possible. Factors considered in Seminole County 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 Seminole County, Sanford, Altamonte Springs, Winter Springs, Longwood, Casselberry or Lake Mary contact Seminole County bond reduction attorney Kevin J. Pitts at 407-883-6853. Mr. Pitts is available 24/7 and will personally answer your call. Here's a link for more information about bail bonds in Seminole County.