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Experienced Help For Your Bail Bond Needs

Navigating the bail bond system can be overwhelming. Trying to get through the process on your own can result in an outcome that leaves you with considerable regret and complications.

At the Finkelstein Firm, P.A., in Clearwater, I am a bail bond attorney who can walk you through the process and explain the best way to proceed. My name is Jenna Finkelstein, and I understand the importance of getting out of jail and getting back to work or school.

What Is A Bail Bond?

The bail bond system’s purpose is to ensure appearance in court. When someone is arrested, a bond amount is set by a judge or law enforcement. You will pay a bondsman 10% of the total amount of the bond. The bondsman then posts the full amount to get you out of jail. Some bondsmen will allow you to set up a payment plan. Collateral is not required in all cases.

Can You Get A Lower Bond Once You Are Arrested?

Yes, there are opportunities to get lower bonds. Bond amounts are typically based on the crime for which you are arrested. The state of Florida has a schedule of reasonable bond amounts, although, depending on the facts and circumstances of the arrest, the bond may be higher or lower than that which is reflected in the schedule.

When someone is arrested, they will appear in front of a judge within 24 hours of their arrest. The purpose of this hearing is to determine if there is probable cause to continue incarceration. This is the first opportunity you will have to address your bond status. At the Finkelstein Firm, P.A., I can review your situation to determine if it is likely that your bond status may change at this first appearance. I can argue for a lower bond amount at this first appearance as well.

Your second opportunity to appear before a judge for a bond hearing will usually be made at the request of your attorney. It is very important to hire an experienced lawyer to represent you for your motion for a bond reduction. All relevant information should be presented to the court in an organized and clear fashion. If your bond motion is denied, then you are only entitled to another bond hearing if there is a significant change in the circumstances of your case.

Factors That Determine The Amount Of The Bond

At the Finkelstein Firm, P.A., I will determine which judge will consider your bond motion and immediately set a bond motion before that judge. I will be prepared to seek the lowest possible bond for you or possibly a release on your own recognizance. The type of information the judge will consider when hearing the bond motion includes:

  • The type of crime that you were arrested for
  • The evidence that law enforcement has presented to support the arrest
  • Your criminal history
  • Your ties to the community:
    • How long have you lived in the county in which you were arrested?
    • Do you have a place to live?
    • Do you have a job?
    • Do you have family members in the area?
  • Your financials available to post bond
  • Whether you are a danger to the community

I can help you by presenting the facts of your case to pursue the optimal outcome and answer any questions you may have along the way.

Let Me Stand Up For You

If you need assistance with getting someone out of jail, call the Finkelstein Firm, P.A., at 727-202-4418 or email my firm here. I am available to assist you with your arrest and bond status 24/7, and I offer free initial consultations.