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The purpose of a bond is to ensure the Accused's appearance upon release from jail.  In Martin County, St. Lucie County, Indian River County, and Okeechobbe County, once a person is arrested a reasonable bond should be set, and both the U.S. Constitution and Florida Constitution provide for this.  Persons arrested for crimes occurring in Stuart, Palm City, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Jupiter, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, and Vero Beach, will most likely have their bonds determined by a "bond schedule."  This schedule takes into account the severity of the offense(s), and whether the accused is a resident of the county or resides elsewhere.  Most people are advised shortly after their arrest or during the booking process the amount of their bond.

If you are trying to bond someone out, or gather information on what their bond is, and how to proceed, we have included below the phone numbers to various booking desks at the jails, and the telephone numbers to bail bondsman as well, should you elect to use one.

Posting the bail amount can be done in a couple of different ways.  A person can post the full amount at the county jail, which is known as a "cash bond," or, if someone does not have the full amount available, they can use the services of a bondsman.  Using the services of a bail bondsman only usually requires having 10 percent of the bail amount.  This 10 percent is paid to the bondsman as an insurance premium, and the bondsman is assuming responsibility for the bond.  Bondsman will want to see that there is collateral for the balance of the bond once the 10 percent is paid.  Bail Bondsman provide a very valuable service and many people prefer to use them because of the convenience and the immediate inability to obtain funds, both of which might be a function of the time of arrest. If the full cash amount (cash bond) is posted, all of it will be returned upon the resolution of the case.  If a bondsman is used, that 10 percent is the bondsman's fee, and is not refundable.  Again, we have listed the telephone numbers of a few of the reputable bail bondsman in Martin County, St. Lucie County, Indian River County and Okeechobbe County, below for your convenience.

The law provides that everyone arrested and in custody, will be taken before a judge within twenty-four hours and advised as to why they have been arrested and the amount of their bond.  This preceding is known as a "First Appearance Hearing."  At this hearing the judge is to review the arrest affidavit and other available documents and determine if probable cause exists to justify the charges for which the Accused was arrested.  If the judge determines that there is insufficient probable cause, the judge will release the Accused on their own recognizance, or what's known as an "ROR" bond.  If the court believes that there is sufficient probable cause, then the Court should make sure that the bond imposed is a reasonable one, or should set a reasonable bond if none had been set previously.

There are instances where someone is arrested, but no bond is set.  The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. has had great success in getting reasonable bonds set, when retained prior to the first appearance hearing.  If retaining the services of The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. is not possible prior to the first appearance hearing, there is another opportunity subsequently to set bond, or, to get the bond reduced at a bond hearing or bond reduction hearing.

Conditions of Release in DUI Cases

In addition to a bond amount being set in DUI cases there are other conditions that govern release.  In DUI cases, a person will only be released from custody if:

  • The person is no longer under the influence and;
    • The person's normal faculties are no longer impaired
    • The persons blood / breath alcohol level is lower than .05 (this might mean the the facility offers the Accused another breath test hours later); or
    • Eight hours have passed from the time the person was arrested.
Motions to Set Bond or Motions for Bond Reduction

In cases where no bond has been set, or in those where the bond has been set, but so high it is the equivalent of having no bond, The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A., has had great success in having the Court set a reasonable bond.  At either a hearing on Motion to Set Bond, or a hearing on a Motion to Reduce Bond, the court should consider:

  • the nature and the circumstances of the offense, and the penalty provided by law.
  • the weight of the evidence against the Accused.
  • the Accused's family ties, length of residence in the community, employmenthistory, financial resources, and mental condition,
  • the Accused's past and present conduct, any history of convictions, previous failures to appear or flights to avoid prosecution,
  • whether the Accused posses any danger to the community if released,
  • the source of the funds used to post the bond,
  • whether the Accused is out on bond on any other charges still pending,
  • whether the Accused posses any danger to alleged victims, and
  • any other factors the Court deems relevant.
The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. will work with all family members and loved ones in order to gather and present the necessary evidence in order to obtain the best result possible at such a bond hearing.

Contact the Law Offices of David Golden, P.A., for a Free Consultation at 772-220-4400.

County Jail Telephone Numbers and web sites:

Martin County Jail
772- 220-7000

St. Lucie County Jail
772- 462-3451

Indian River County Jail
772- 569-6700

Okeechobee County Jail
863- 763-3117

Preferred Bail Bondsman

Martin County

AA-Holley Bail Bonds

A-Harden Bail Bonding

Braswell Bail Bonds

St. Lucie County

Hilburn Bail Bonds

Indian River County

Hilburn Bail Bonds

Okeechobee County

For any questions you may have regarding bond issues resulting from an arrest in Martin County, St. Lucie County, Okeechobee County, or Indian River County, Florida, feel free to contact the Law Offices of David Golden, P.A., at 772-220-4400.
David Golden P.A. - Stuart Criminal Defense Attorney
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Phone: (772) 220-4400