If you've been arrested in Georgia, you have a right to a bond hearing. At this hearing, the judge will decide whether a bond is necessary to make sure that you will return to court. When setting that bond, the judge will consider the following factors:
- Length and character of your residence in the community. How long you have lived in Georgia or Atlanta.
- Employment status and history and your financial condition. Where you work and how long you've worked there. If your boss considers you a trustworthy employee.
- Family ties and relationships. If you have family who live in the area, or out-of-state family or business connections.
- Reputation, character and mental condition. Your reputation that you are an honest, decent person who has the character and inner strength to overcome mistakes and take responsibility for actions. That you will keep promises and meet your obligations.
- Past history of response to legal process. That you have always responded to the legal process in a timely manner and have never failed to appear, escape, or obstruct justice.
- Prior criminal record. Whether you have any prior convictions.
- Responsible members of the community who would vouch for your reliability. If there are people who can vouch for your reliability.
- The nature of the charge, probability of conviction, and the likely sentence, solely related to the risk of nonappearance. The more serious the charge, the more the judge will be cautious about setting a low bond.
- Other examples of your roots in the community. or example, if you own a business or are enrolled in school.
If you have questions about an upcoming bond hearing, call me at 404-909-7795.