In most cases the first question that typically comes to mind revolves around reducing bonds. After a defendant is charged with a crime, the court will typically set a bond in the case. A bond may be a cash-only bond, a property bond, or a surety bond. A property bond is where the court accepts a person’s equity in property to ensure the defendant returns to court throughout the pendency of the case. If a surety bond is allowed by the court, the defendant can request the assistance of a bail bondsman.
Increasingly, courts are requiring cash-only bonds, or at least a portion of bond being cash-only. It is important to remember that a defendant does not have an automatic right to a 10 percent cash-only bond. A 10 percent cash-only bond would allow a defendant to post $5,000.00 (10 percent) on a $50,000.00 bond. In many violent crime cases such as robbery, sex crimes, homicide, and assault or serious felony cases, courts and judges are increasingly requiring a defendant to post the full cash-only amount of the bond to secure his or her release.
The criminal defense lawyers of Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C. recognize the importance of securing our client’s release on a reasonable bond. Our attorneys understand that no one wants to be sitting in jail while waiting for his or her day in court. This is precisely why we aggressively pursue reducing bonds at the earliest opportunity in nearly all cases and do everything we can to secure our client’s release.
If you or a loved one is charged with a crime, it is vital that you immediately seek out an experienced St. Louis criminal defense attorney. We will immediately get to work for you. Call us today to schedule a free consultation and to understand how the law applies to your specific situation.