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Common Questions about Bail and Bail Bonds in Tampa

We get many questions everyday regarding bail and how it works. Here are some of the most commonly asked with our answer:

How is bail determined?

Every county or municipality has its own bail schedule set by the court system. This is only a guideline that the judge can use to set the true bail amount. For certain felonies, especially those involving death, there will be no bail amount and the accused is in jail until the conclusion of trial. Generally the bail for a felony is about five times greater that for that of a misdemeanor.

Will the judge alter bail from the bail schedule?

Sometimes the judge will change the bail taking individual circumstances into consideration after a hearing. For instance, if the arrested has had a job for a long time and they are well connected to the community, the chances of them not showing up for court dates are very small.

If, on the other hand, the jailed person is accused of a felony and they were passing through from another state and did not have a job, there is a far less likely chance they will get any breaks with a smaller bail.

A low risk defendant may benefit from waiting for a bail hearing since the posted bail schedule is almost always used until a judge reviews the case.

Can Armando Arcos Bail Bonds help me get lower bail?

All a bail bonds agent can do is expedite the bail process as quickly as possible, post the bail while taking a payment for a percentage of the bail amount, and keep you informed about court dates and changes during the trial.

Do I have to have a lawyer for my bail hearing?

You can represent yourself during the bail hearing or hire a lawyer to represent you. Many agree that court appointed lawyer will know the ins and outs of the system and will have a better chance to get you the most favorable decision possible.