Bond Lawyer in Savannah GA

When a loved one is incarcerated, quickly securing a bond is imperative. Call Stacey M. Goad, a bond lawyer in Savannah GA, for effective representation.

Bond Attorney in Savannah GA

 

When someone is arrested for a criminal offense in Georgia, they are entitled to a bond hearing. Bond hearings are typically held within 72 hours of the arrest. Bear in mind that a bond hearing is not the same as an arraignment. The purpose of a bond hearing is to determine if the judge should release your loved one and allow them to fight their criminal charges outside the confines of jail.

A bond hearing in Savannah GA can be held before a Municipal, State, or Superior Court judge. At the hearing, the judge will decide whether to release the defendant on bond before their court date.

Those arrested in Chatham County on misdemeanor or felony charges will be taken to jail until their bond hearing is set. Sometimes, bond hearings occur before the defendants have enough time to retain criminal defense attorneys. That can put them at a disadvantage because they have to stay in jail if the judge denies their bond.

Having a skilled Savannah GA, bond attorney can make the difference between spending hours rather than months in jail. If your loved ones reach out to a criminal defense lawyer as soon as you are arrested, a skilled attorney may be able to represent you at your bond hearing and start building a defense against the charges you face.

Attorney Stacey M. Goad’s approach to your loved one’s case will begin with the best possible representation at their bond hearing. 

 

How Does a Bond Hearing Work?

 

Bond hearings are primarily used to determine whether the defendant:

  • Is a flight risk;
  • Poses a danger to the general public;
  • Will likely try to intimidate the witnesses;
  • Will commit another crime.

A bond is actually collateral, such as money, a security deposit, or valuable assets. They secure the defendant’s promise to appear in court after being released from custody.

The judge can grant several different kinds of bonds:

  • Own recognizance – No required payment.
  • Cash bond – The defendant or their loved one pays the bond in cash.
  • Property bond – The piece of property will be the collateral.
  • Surety bond – A bail bond company posts the bond on the defendant’s behalf.

In case the defendant appears in all court hearings, the money or the piece of property used as collateral will be returned. That will occur after the case is resolved.

If you are preparing for a bond hearing, Savannah bond hearing lawyers can provide a strategic direction and serve as representation during the whole legal process.

 

How Can Savannah Bond Hearing Attorneys Help?

 

When a family member or friend is incarcerated, time is of the essence. Trust Stacey M. Goad for quick and effective representation, beginning with the bond hearing. With her 15 years of criminal law experience, both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney, you can be confident that your loved one’s defense is in capable hands.

Families need to know there are some charges only bailable by a Superior Court judge.  For a better understanding of the law, please read the statute provided below or call Stacey at 912-209-9000 today.

O.C.G.A. 17-6-1

17-6-1. Where offenses bailable; procedure; schedule of bails; appeal bonds

(a) The following offenses are bailable only before a judge of the superior court:

(1) Treason;

(2) Murder;

(3) Rape;

(4) Aggravated sodomy;

(5) Armed robbery;

(6) Aircraft hijacking and hijacking a motor vehicle;

(7) Aggravated child molestation;

(8) Aggravated sexual battery;

(9) Manufacturing, distributing, delivering, dispensing, administering, or selling any controlled substance classified under Code Section 16-13-25 as Schedule I or under Code Section 16-13-26 as Schedule II;

(10) Violating Code Section 16-13-31 or Code Section 16-13-31.1;

(11) Kidnapping, arson, aggravated assault, or burglary if the person, at the time of the alleged kidnapping, arson, aggravated assault, or burglary, had previously been convicted of, was on probation or parole with respect to, or was on bail for kidnapping, arson, aggravated assault, burglary, or one or more of the offenses listed in paragraphs (1) through (10) of this subsection;

(12) Aggravated stalking; and

(13) Violations of Chapter 15 of Title 16.

(b)(1) All offenses not included in subsection (a) of this Code section are bailable by a court of inquiry. Except as provided in subsection (g) of this Code section, at no time, either before a court of inquiry, when indicted or accused, after a motion for new trial is made, or while an appeal is pending, shall any person charged with a misdemeanor be refused bail.

(2) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter:

(A) A person charged with violating Code Section 40-6-391 whose alcohol concentration at the time of arrest, as determined by any method authorized by law, violates that provided in paragraph (5) of subsection (a) of Code Section 40-6-391 may be detained for a period of time up to six hours after booking and prior to being released on bail or on recognizance; and

(B) When an arrest is made by a law enforcement officer without a warrant upon an act of family violence pursuant to Code Section 17-4-20, the person charged with the offense shall not be eligible for bail prior to the arresting officer or some other law enforcement officer taking the arrested person before a judicial officer pursuant to Code Section 17-4-21.

(3)(A) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a judge of a court of inquiry may, as a condition of bail or other pretrial release of a person who is charged with violating Code Section 16-5-90 or 16-5-91, prohibit the defendant from entering or remaining present at the victim’s school, place of employment, or other specified places at times when the victim is present or intentionally following such person.

(B) If the evidence shows that the defendant has previously violated the conditions of pretrial release or probation or parole which arose out of a violation of Code Section 16-5-90 or 16-5-91, the judge of a court of inquiry may impose such restrictions on the defendant which may be necessary to deter further stalking of the victim, including but not limited to denying bail or pretrial release.

(c)(1) In the event a person is detained in a facility other than a municipal jail for an offense which is bailable only before a judge of the superior court, as provided in subsection (a) of this Code section, and a hearing is held pursuant to Code Section 17-4-26 or 17-4-62, the presiding judicial officer shall notify the superior court in writing within 48 hours that the arrested person is being held without bail. If the detained person has not already petitioned for bail as provided in subsection (d) of this Code section, the superior court shall notify the district attorney and shall set a date for a hearing on the issue of bail within 30 days after receipt of such notice.

(2) In the event a person is detained in a municipal jail for an offense which is bailable only before a judge of the superior court as provided in subsection (a) of this Code section for a period of 30 days, the municipal court shall notify the superior court in writing within 48 hours that the arrested person has been held for such time without bail. If the detained person has not already petitioned for bail as provided in subsection (d) of this Code section, the superior court shall notify the district attorney and set a date for a hearing on the issue of bail within 30 days after receipt of such notice.

(3) Notice sent to the superior court pursuant to paragraph (1) or (2) of this subsection shall include any incident reports and criminal history reports relevant to the detention of such person.

(d) A person charged with any offense which is bailable only before a judge of the superior court as provided in subsection (a) of this Code section may petition the superior court requesting that such person be released on bail. The court shall notify the district attorney and set a date for a hearing within ten days after receipt of such petition.

(e) A court shall be authorized to release a person on bail if the court finds that the person:

(1) Poses no significant risk of fleeing from the jurisdiction of the court or failing to appear in court when required;

(2) Poses no significant threat or danger to any person, to the community, or to any property in the community;

(3) Poses no significant risk of committing any felony pending trial; and

(4) Poses no significant risk of intimidating witnesses or otherwise obstructing the administration of justice.

However, if the person is charged with a serious violent felony and has already been convicted of a serious violent felony, or of an offense under the laws of any other state or of the United States which offense if committed in this state would be a serious violent felony, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure the appearance of the person as required or assure the safety of any other person or the community. As used in this subsection, the term “serious violent felony” means a serious violent felony as defined in Code Section 17-10-6.1.

(f)(1) Except as provided in subsection (a) of this Code section or as otherwise provided in this subsection, the judge of any court of inquiry may by written order establish a schedule of bails and unless otherwise ordered by the judge of any court, a person charged with committing any offense shall be released from custody upon posting bail as fixed in the schedule.

(2) For offenses involving an act of family violence, as defined in Code Section 19-13-1, the schedule of bails provided for in paragraph (1) of this subsection shall require increased bail and shall include a listing of specific conditions which shall include, but not be limited to, having no contact of any kind or character with the victim or any member of the victim’s family or household, not physically abusing or threatening to physically abuse the victim, the immediate enrollment in and participation in domestic violence counseling, substance abuse therapy, or other therapeutic requirements.

(3) For offenses involving an act of family violence, the judge shall determine whether the schedule of bails and one or more of its specific conditions shall be used, except that any offense involving an act of family violence and serious injury to the victim shall be bailable only before a judge when the judge or the arresting officer is of the opinion that the danger of further violence to or harassment or intimidation of the victim is such as to make it desirable that the consideration of the imposition of additional conditions as authorized in this Code section should be made. Upon setting bail in any case involving family violence, the judge shall give particular consideration to the exigencies of the case at hand and shall impose any specific conditions as he or she may deem necessary. As used in this Code section, the term “serious injury” means bodily harm capable of being perceived by a person other than the victim and may include, but is not limited to, substantially blackened eyes, substantially swollen lips or other facial or body parts, substantial bruises to body parts, fractured bones, or permanent disfigurements and wounds inflicted by deadly weapons or any other objects which, when used offensively against a person, are capable of causing serious bodily injury.

(4) For violations of Code Section 16-15-4, the court shall require increased bail and shall include as a condition of bail or pretrial release that the defendant shall not have contact of any kind or character with any other member or associate of a criminal street gang and, in cases involving a victim, that the defendant shall not have contact of any kind or character with any such victim or any member of any such victim’s family or household.

(5) For offenses involving violations of Code Section 40-6-393, bail or other release from custody shall be set by a judge on an individual basis and not a schedule of bails pursuant to this Code section.

(g) No appeal bond shall be granted to any person who has been convicted of murder, rape, aggravated sodomy, armed robbery, aggravated child molestation, child molestation, kidnapping, trafficking in cocaine or marijuana, aggravated stalking, or aircraft hijacking and who has been sentenced to serve a period of incarceration of five years or more. The granting of an appeal bond to a person who has been convicted of any other felony offense or of any misdemeanor offense involving an act of family violence as defined in Code Section 19-13-1, or of any offense delineated as a high and aggravated misdemeanor or of any offense set forth in Code Section 40-6-391, shall be in the discretion of the convicting court. Appeal bonds shall terminate when the right of appeal terminates, and such bonds shall not be effective as to any petition or application for writ of certiorari unless the court in which the petition or application is filed so specifies.

(h) Except in cases in which life imprisonment or the death penalty may be imposed, a judge of the superior court by written order may delegate the authority provided for in this Code section to any judge of any court of inquiry within such superior court judge’s circuit. However, such authority may not be exercised outside the county in which said judge of the court of inquiry was appointed or elected. The written order delegating such authority shall be valid for a period of one year, but may be revoked by the superior court judge issuing such order at any time prior to the end of that one-year period.

(i) As used in this Code section, the term “bail” shall include the releasing of a person on such person’s own recognizance, except as limited by the provisions of Code Section 17-6-12.

(j) For all persons who have been authorized by law or the court to be released on bail, sheriffs and constables shall accept such bail; provided, however, that the sureties tendered and offered on the bond are approved by the sheriff of the county in which the offense was committed.

 

Have More Questions on Bond Hearings? Contact Stacey M. Goad Today!

If your bond hearing is scheduled, you may need a skilled bonds law firm. Experienced defense attorney Stacey M. Goad will do everything necessary to convince the judge you are not a threat to the public or yourself, not a flight risk, and that you are not planning to commit additional crimes. Moreover, the judge should be convinced that you won’t intimidate witnesses should you be released.

As a former prosecutor, Stacey M. Goad knows the law, the procedures, and how to make the criminal justice system work for her clients. Contact Stacey M. Goad today, schedule a consultation, and place your loved one’s future in her competent and caring hands.

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