Pinellas County Jail – Bail Hearings
The Pinellas County Jail is located in Clearwater near the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. Anyone arrested in Pinellas County will be processed in this facility. For anyone in Pinellas County Jail, getting out of jail on pretrial release is critically important. Unfortunately, high bail amounts can make this difficult or impossible. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can show the judge why your bail should be reduced or eliminated entirely in a bail hearing.
Tampa Lawyers Representing Clients In Bail Hearings Across The Region
Consider Escobar, Michaels & Associates. If you or someone you love is being held in the Pinellas County Jail, our attorneys are ready to take action. We regularly represent clients in bail hearings across St. Petersburg and Florida. For certain crimes, especially felonies, bail can be very high. In addition to paying a bondsman, you may have to pledge collateral in the amount of the bond. This means that you may have to pledge your home or other valuable assets.
Instead of paying many thousands of dollars for pretrial release, our lawyers will make strong arguments to the judge that bail should be reduced, or that your loved one should be released on his or her own recognizance (ROR). In Pinellas County, there is a uniform bond schedule that sets out standard bond amounts for individuals accused of certain crimes. For instance, in Pinellas County, a first-degree felony that is not punishable by life in prison may have a bond as high as $100,000. This bond schedule is completely arbitrary and usually does not reflect the realities of the charge.
Lower Or Eliminate Your Bail — Put The Savings Toward A Skilled Criminal Defense Lawyer
Many potential factors can persuade a judge to release you on ROR or to lower your bail to a more reasonable amount. If you have local ties to your community such as family or if you have a job, that can show the judge that you are not a flight risk. If this is your first arrest or if you have relatively little criminal history, this can show that ROR or a reduced bond is appropriate. In addition, if there are flaws in the state’s evidence, we can bring these weaknesses to the judge’s attention. If we are successful in reducing or eliminating bond, you can enjoy freedom and benefit from our tough, aggressive defense against the charges.
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