What is a bail bond? What does it cost? What should I do?

If a loved one has just been arrested and called you from jail, what should you do?  Chances are, they are panicked, upset, crying and begging you to “get me out of here”.  Their only thought is “I want out now”

When a person is arrested, the following day, they are taken before a judge for “First Appearance”, if they have not already bonded out.  If it is a minor charge, a DUI, or a misdemeanor, chances are, you can get them out by either posting cash, or hiring a bondsmanIf it is a serious felony such as a sex crime, trafficking in drugs, aggravated assault or sometimes a domestic battery, your first call should be to a criminal defense lawyer.

A bondsman charges a fee called a “premium” to post a bail bond.  By law, in Florida that fee is set at 10% of the bond.   That means that if the bond is set high, for example at $100,000, it will cost you ten thousand dollars in a “fee” to the bondsman to get them out.  Many times, a good lawyer can get that bond reduced to a reasonable lower bond and save you a ton of money.  You may be able to save enough to pay for the lawyer.  Using a bondsman is often a very wise and good decision, and I highly recommend doing so.  Before you do that though, talk to a lawyer because the amount of the bond might get reducedYou need a lawyer at your loved one’s first appearance.  It can make a huge difference in the amount of the bond the judge sets.  It may save you an enormous amount of money.  If your spouse or relative calls from jail, your next call should be to a criminal defense lawyer.  Most defense lawyers are reachable 24/7, and an initial consultation is generally free.  As a Lee County criminal defense attorney, I want to see them out of jail also, but talking to a lawyer immediately can save you a bundle.

If you get a call from a loved one in jail, and want to talk, Call 239 334 8890

A heroin overdose can get your child taken away

Aiken O’Halloran and Banyai
Ft. Myers Criminal Defense Lawyers
239-334-8890
Punta Gorda 941-639-6009
Sarasota 941-366-3506

March 29 2017

Not a day goes by that you don’t hear of a parent passed out in a car with unattended children crying, sometimes, crying for help.

Overdoses are at an all time high.

Every 19 minutes, somewhere in America someone dies from a drug overdose.

Addicts shooting up often get the “good stuff” that has not been watered down with “cut” on will pass out and sometimes die.

Heroin is a problem that cuts across all social strata.

Thirty years ago, it was primarily a black problem in the inner city. Now heroin addiction knows no social or ethnic boundaries. Gun deaths and overdoses are the number one killers for young adults. When the police come upon a parent in a car, overdosed, their first mission is to administer an antidote and keep the person breathing. The person ends up in the hospital but what happens to the kids? What happens when it is both parents? DCF has to get involved and the kids often end up in foster homes. I represented a man here in Sarasota about a year ago that came home from work and found his one year old baby crying and the mother dead in the bathtub after snorting heroin. Thank God in that case, there was a grandmother willing to step up and help.

There is a rumor that President Trump is going to designate a person to take on this epidemic. It is rumored that Chris Christie will be tapped for the job. The problem is that in the past, the drug issue in America has been treated as a criminal problem instead of a health emergency. The answer is prevention and treatment, not incarceration. They need to take the money out of the drug equation. As long as huge sums of money can be made selling drugs, the criminal element will prosper. As a Ft. Myers criminal lawyer I see on a daily basis the devastating effect drug addiction has on the innocent children. Simply caging people in prisons, now being taken over by big business, is not the answer. In America, we have more people in prison per capita than any other country on the planet. Most of them are there on drug related crimes. Prison is not the answer. Our leaders learned nothing from the “Prohibition” era.

If you have a loved one who has been arrested for heroin possession or possession of an opiate like Oxycontin, Oxycodone or Percocet we may be able to get them help. Treatment beats prison when it comes to preventing recidivism. If someone you know has been busted for drugs in Ft. Myers, Cape Coral or even as far North as Punta Gorda or Sarasota, give us a call.

Ft Myers and Cape Coral Lee and Charlotte Counties call 239 334 8890

Sarasota Punta Gorda Englewood Venice and Bradenton call 941 366 3506