Jacksonville’s legal process starts very quickly, leaving the slow to be eaten by the harsh process of the criminal system. However, if one follows a few simple steps towards a better future in one’s road ahead, one will stay away from being mauled by an overly-aggressive process who is abusing the system. One in this situation should obtain an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights are protected.
According to the Florida Times-Union, George Zimmerman has been released on $150,000 bail in Seminole County. Zimmerman was originally arrested for his involvement in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman allegedly killed Martin in self-defense, and as a result, is pleading the controversial defense of the stand your ground law, which will see some rocky roads ahead.
Jacksonville felony violent crimes may vary in type of harm as well as venue, but when the person accused of such a crime begins first steps into the criminal system, the crime becomes very similar in process, and thus is very important no matter what offense one is charged with. If one knows one’s options and allows for consideration of all options, one’s choice will be the best and most well laid plan for a better future free from the criminal justice system.
Many times in Jacksonville, the accused is scared of the thought of being in jail and just wants to go back home. Some of these people immediately make bail and run as far away from the legal system as possible. This may seem like the best idea at the time; however, the consequences of the action after it has been done can sometimes be hard to take back. In a situation like this, running away after posting bail can be the worst mistake in a case.
Sometimes, depending on the circumstances surrounding the case, one’s attorney can have one released on one’s own recognizance. Being released on one’s own recognizance means that the court will release one without imposing bail costs for release, on the promise that one will appear to all court proceedings one is involved in, and that one will cooperate with the court.
In this case, Zimmerman’s attorney as well as opposing counsel and the judge had to assess whether to first allow Zimmerman to leave police custody, as he might be a flight risk, and furthermore, the amount of money that would be reasonable for Zimmerman to be released. However, in many situations, it might be a safer idea to rest easier in jail knowing that one has at least some manner of police protection, especially in a high-profile crime such as this.
Many times, the minute one’s bail is set, one rushes to the bail bondsman’s office to be released from police custody, as any smart individual would. However, one should not hesitate on the next and most crucial step to a proper defense. One should obtain an experienced Jacksonville felony violent crimes defense attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights are protected.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
Additional Sources: George Zimmerman released from Seminole County jail, The Associated Press, The Florida Times-Union