After an arrest, the court schedules a bond or release hearing to decide what the individual is eligible for. When bond is involved, it is set right after the arrest is processed, and the amount varies based on the severity of the crime or felony. With higher intensity cases, the defendant may have to wait longer to receive a hearing.
Since bond is required for almost all arrests, hearings are typically conducted twice a day in Arizona courts. Defendants are brought into the courtroom, and a judge will make the decision. This quick process happens for minor misdemeanors, but higher profile cases must appear before a criminal court.
During the proceedings at the criminal court, the court decides if the defendant is eligible for bond, and if so, what the amount should be. In these situations, the amount far surpasses what the family or relatives can pay to have the person released. This decision takes longer when the defendant has an existing record.
When the court suspects a defendant is a threat to him or herself or the surrounding community, bail is denied.
Bond and release hearings offer a few different options for individuals looking to avoid staying behind bars for long. The four options include:
Hiring an experienced Arizona criminal defense lawyer is extremely helpful for navigating the bond and release hearing. After bail is posted, it’s difficult for family and relatives to do anything about the set amount. However, a lawyer can negotiate the amount or find an acceptable release option.
Families and relatives shouldn’t wait to contact a lawyer. Seeking legal advice in the first few hours will give ample time to work with the court and settle on an acceptable bond or release deal.
The Stewart Law Group has an excellent record for helping individuals get out from behind bars in a timely manner. Contact the team to hear the best options!