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  • Writer's pictureLarry Grandberry

How Do Bail Bonds Work in Florida?

In Florida, a third party, usually a bondsman, will post bail on the defendant’s behalf. A bond is a contract between the defendant, the third party, and the court. The court agrees to release the defendant, the defendant agrees to pay the bondsman, and the bondsman agrees to ensure that the defendant appears at all required court dates. Once bail is posted, the defendant will be released. Bonds may be issued for a variety of criminal charges including:

  • DUIs

  • Disorderly conduct

  • Drug possession

  • Parole or probation violations

  • Domestic violence

  • Loitering

  • Prostitution

  • Battery

  • Driving with a suspended license

  • Resisting arrest

  • Petty theft

  • Larceny

Bonds can be posted 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in most counties in Florida. The amount of time to process the bond and release the defendant can vary greatly, and there are multiple types of federal and state bonds.

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