Bond Hearings

Bond Hearings

Every individual is entitled to a reasonable bond. Richard Weldon understands that it is not fair to expect people to languish in jail waiting for their trial date when they have work and family obligations that must be met.

Bond hearings can be held within mere hours of an arrest. At a bond hearing, the judge will determine if the accused is a flight risk or a danger to the community if the person were to be released. If the answers to those questions are both “no”, the judge will determine the amount required for a bond.

There are three types of bonds from which the judge can choose. The first type is a Release on Recognizance (ROR Bond). This type permits a defendant to be released from custody without posting any money with the court, allowing the defendant to be released on a promise to appear in court when his or her trial date comes up.

The second type of bond is a Surety Bond, in which the accused is required to post money with the court in order to be released. This time of bond requires the accused to post the total amount of money asked by the court in order to be released. This can be done in cash or real estate. If the defendant fails to appear for his or her trial, the cash paid is forfeited and, if a home is posted as surety, the court may begin foreclosure proceedings.

Another option that exists with the Surety Bond is posting a portion of the total bond with a bondsman,who typically take 10% while some Federal cases require 20%. The bondsman may require collateral. If a person is given a Surety bond with a 10% cash option, they can pay $2,000 in cash or real estate for a $20,000 bond. However, if the accused does not show up for their trial date, he will forfeit the money and foreclosure proceedings may begin as well.

When faced with something as serious as a bond hearing, nothing but the very best criminal representation will do. Should you choose to retain our services, you can trust that Richard Weldon will devote the time and energy needed to prepare every possible argument to remain free on bond  based on solid facts and evidence, and aggressively fight your charges from the beginning of the legal process until your case is resolved.

If you have been given a bond amount that you cannot possibly pay, contact Richard Weldon. He will fight for a lower bond amount to get you out of jail to await your trial.