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Posted by John P. Rutkowski | Jun 12, 2023 | 0 Comments

In most cases, at first appearance, unless the state files a motion for detention, the judge will release a defendant:

  • On personal recognizance of the defendant (ROR);
  • Unsecured bond in an amount specified by the judge (example: the judge may set unsecured bail at $25,000.00, or another amount, the defendant doesn't post any money, however, defendant signs the unsecured bail agreeing to abide by the conditions of release and agrees if he/she violates any condition or fails to appear for court he/she will pay the county the amount of the bond;
  • The judge may place restrictions on the travel, association, or where the defendant may live during the period of release;
  • The judge may place the defendant in the custody of a designated person or organization agreeing to supervise the defendant; The judge may allow a bail bondsman post any cash bond that may be imposed (example the bond is set at $25,000.00, the defendant may contact a bondsman to post the $25,000.00. The bondsman may charge a fee for this service. Usually 10%. The defendant is responsible for paying $2,500.00 for the bondsman posting the entire amount of the bond. The $2,500.00 is the bondsman fee for his/her service and the defendant will not get it back.
  • The judge may require the defendant to post the entire cash bond. Or the judge my impose any other condition deemed reasonably necessary to assure appearance as required, including a condition requiring that the person return to custody after specified hours.

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John P. Rutkowski

Mr. Rutkowski has been practicing law for the past twenty-seven years. Prior to going to law school Mr. Rutkowski served as a deputy sheriff before retiring to attend law school. Upon graduating law school Mr. Rutkowski served as an Assistant State Attorney in Florida before going in to private practice and representing good people in bad times who have been accused of criminal offenses, dui, and appeals.


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