What to Expect When You’ve Been Arrested in Tampa Bay
First, after your arrest, bond will be set when you are booked into the jail. The amount of bond is typically set in an amount that is standard for the charge or charges you are being booked under. If you are arrested for a felony violation of probation or domestic violence there will be no bond set.
Next, you will then go before a judge within 24 hours of your arrest. This is the first hearing in your case and is called an “Advisory Hearing” or “First Appearance.” At this court date, we ask the judge to lower your bond or release you altogether (ROR). This is the stage of your case where we challenge the probable cause for your arrest.
Hiring McCabe & Uccello Criminal Defense Attorneys to Defend You
If you hire the criminal defense attorneys at Doyle, McCabe, & Uccello to represent you, we will work to reduce your bond and challenge the probable cause for the arrest. The Bond amount is usually set to be proportional to the charge (or charges) each person faces. The Constitution and Florida Statutes state that the amount must not be excessive and is determined by the following:
- The nature and circumstances of the offense
- The evidence against the defendant
- The defendant’s family ties, length of residence in the community, employment history, financial resources and mental condition
- The defendant’s past and present conduct, including any record of convictions, previous flight to avoid prosecution, or failure to appear at court proceedings
- The probability of danger to the community if the defendant is released
- If the defendant is already out on bond due to other charges
- And other factors, depending on the nature of the charges
Following this hearing, if you remain in custody and are unable to post a bond, the State Attorney has 33 days to make a filing decision on your case. At this time, the attorneys at Doyle, McCabe, & Uccello fight the State to try and persuade them to not file criminal charges against you.