Bond Court / Hearings
Do you need an attorney for Bond Court or for a Hearing in Chicago?
Call a Chicago criminal attorney at 312-229-5500 for representation at bond court or a hearing.
What is Bond Court / Hearing?
Every person who is arrested for a felony has the right to have a Bond Hearing before a Judge. For misdemeanor cases bond is usually set and posted at the police station and a Bond Hearing in court does not take place.
At a felony Bond Hearing, the only issue that is decided by the Judge is how much money you will have to post in order to be released from jail while the case is pending. This is a very important phase of the criminal process because if the Judge sets a high bond, you may be forced to spend months in county jail until the case finishes. Further, the Judge can refuse to set a bond if they believe that you pose a danger to society. It is critical that you be represented by an attorney that is skilled and experienced in handling Bond Hearings. At Bond Court you will have the first opportunity to tell the Court positive things about yourself, your family, and your work history. First impressions are sometimes the most important impressions and can make a critical difference in the outcome of your case.
Why Hire The Legal Defenders for Your Bond Court / Hearing?
The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., have extensive experience representing defendants at Bond Hearings at the many bond courtrooms throughout the area. We have the experience to best present our client’s case and character to the Judge. The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., fight to give their clients the best chance of having a low bond set at the Bond Hearing so they can be set free until their case is concluded. The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., will use their experience to fight to secure their client’s release from jail at the Bond Hearing.
At the Bond Hearing, the State prosecutor will tell the Judge about your criminal history and will try to persuade the Judge to set no bond or a high bond. Your attorney will try to convince the Judge to set an “I” bond or a reasonable “D” bond. An “I” bond requires no cash deposit, just your signature, and a “D’ bond requires a 10% cash deposit of the bond amount. In other words, on a $10,000 “D” bond, you would have to post $1,000 in cash to be released. The Judge will listen to both sides and and will consider the following factors in deciding whether to set a bond and what the amount of the bond will be:
- Seriousness of the crime
- Your criminal record
- Danger that your release might pose to the community
- Your ties to family, school, community, and employment
- Any Military record
- Any special medical needs
If a cash bond is posted you will be allowed to go to school and carry on with your life while you fight your case in court. The Judge may also place additional restrictions on you including a curfew requirement, an Order of Protection and requiring that a bracelet be attached to your ankle which provides for Electronic Monitoring.
While your case is pending in court, you always have the right to request that the bond be lowered. However, if such a request is made, the prosecutor has the right to ask that the Court increase or revoke the bond. That is why the initial Bond Hearing is so important because the amount of the Bond is often difficult to change later in the case.
The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., have extensive experience representing defendants at a Bond Hearing at the many Bond Hearing courtrooms throughout the area.
The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., understand how important it is to you and your family that you be set free from jail while fighting the case. The social and economic consequences on you and your family that could result from you being in jail while the case is pending are immense, especially if you are the main source of income for your family.
We understand how important the Bond Hearing is to you.
Using the Posted Bond for Attorneys’ Fees
You are allowed to use the posted bond to pay your attorney fees and still remain free while you fight your case. Many lawyers do not accept bonds for attorneys’ fees and require that they get paid up front.
Unlike most attorneys we accept posted bonds as payment for attorney fees. The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., understand how difficult it is for most people to hire an attorney and post bond after a Bond Hearing at the same time.
Using the bond money posted after the Bond Hearing to pay for attorney fees is a huge benefit to because in many cases, no additional money is required to finish the case. While the case is pending you can be assured that you will have an experienced attorney on your side fighting for you.
Most of the time, our fees are less than the posted bond. When that happens we deduct our fee from the bond proceeds and refund the balance directly to you. It usually takes approximately 30 to 60 days after the case ends for our office to receive the bond proceeds from the Clerk. The law allows the County Clerk to deduct 10% of the posted bond as an administrative fee.
The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., have extensive experience representing individuals appearing at their bond hearing. We fight for our client’s rights at every stage of the process. The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., know how to best present our client’s case and character to give him/her the best chance of having a “low bond” or a “no bond” and be set free until the case concludes.
The Chicago criminal lawyers at Legal Defenders have extensive experience in representing defendants in bond court / hearings.
- What is bond court / hearing
- Why hire the Legal Defenders for your bond court / hearing?
- Using the Posted Bond for Attorneys’ Fees
- Bond Hearings Statute (PDF)
To discuss your bond court / hearings, contact the experienced Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders
Why do you need a lawyer for your bond court / hearings?
The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at the Legal Defenders, PC will examine all aspects of your case and look for and will use their experience to win your case or get your case dismissed. In the alternative, we will use our negotiating skills to convince the court and the prosecutor to come with an effective and constructive sentencing option that gives you the best chance of avoiding jail and fines.