Jacksonville’s citizens many times make mistakes that will cause them to spend some time within the legal system. However, one’s stay should not be worsened because one cannot pay one’s own bond so one can speak to an attorney outside of jail. One in a situation like this should obtain an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights and defenses are known and protected.
According to the Florida Times-Union, George Zimmerman’s bond has been revoked. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester, presiding over Zimmerman’s bond hearing, stated that Zimmerman and his wife lied to the court about how much money was available at the time the bond hearing was set, and as a result, received a much lower bond.
Jacksonville felony-violent crimes cases, as well as many other crimes, typically involve some sort of bond hearing as an initial proceeding. However, many times, accused parties are railroaded by State attorneys who want nothing more than to see one in sitting in jail during one’s entire case. However, in order to know one’s options, one must know exactly what a bond can is and requires.
A bond or bail bond is an assurance by the accused party that one will remain and attend every proceeding one is required to attend until the end of all proceedings in one’s case. When one goes before a trial judge for one’s bond hearing, one is normally at the mercy of the Judge and State Prosecutor handling one’s case. Particularly if one does not have an attorney present at the time that one’s bond hearing is scheduled, one can be facing a hard road ahead.
A trial court judge has the discretion to revoke, set and modify one’s bond after the bond hearing should any new facts arise that, had they been known at the time of the initial bond hearing, would have changed whether or how much one would have to pay for bond. A judge can further revoke one’s bond if the judge feels one is a flight risk or might be a danger to others.
In many cases, accused parties will claim indigence or an inability to pay an expensive bail, and as such, will have their bail lowered considerably. However, some will abuse this privilege, thus leading to heightened suspicion and unfounded accusations being brought against the rest of the unfortunate who cannot pay for an excessively expensive bond.
Many times throughout Jacksonville, people are accused of crimes they did not commit, but because of a prior crime or history of crimes, one is locked in jail, making one’s ability to defend one’s self an even harder battle. However, if one obtain an experienced Jacksonville felony-violent crimes defense attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights are protected, one can be sure that one will not have an excessive bail attached to one’s freedom, and that one will be able to traverse a smoother path through the legal system to one’s future of freedom.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
George Zimmerman’s bond revoked; prosecutors say he, his wife conspired to lie about donations, The Associated Press, The Florida Times-Union