The Law has provided for an incarcerated individual to be released on bond under particular circumstances. Bonds are routinely granted on misdemeanor and in less serious felony offenses. In cases involving more serious charges, only a Superior Court judge may grant bonds. These offenses are listed in O.C.G.A. § 17-6-1(a) and include, but are not limited to, murder, rape, aggravated sodomy, armed robbery, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, kidnapping, trafficking in controlled substances, and aggravated stalking.
Bonds are in the discretion of the Court. In determining a bond amount, a judge will consider several factors including, does the Defendant: 1) pose a significant risk of fleeing from the jurisdiction of the court or failing to appear in court when required; 2) pose a significant threat or danger to any person, to the community, or to any property in the community; 3) pose a significant risk of committing any felony pending trial; 4) pose a significant risk of intimidating witnesses or otherwise obstructing the administration of justice.
Although the expectation is that the Bond will be reasonable, a reasonable bond does not specifically mean that a bond must be set, or that the bond must be in an amount that is affordable for the defendant. At the Law Office of Robert L. Booker, we can file a Motion for Bond or Motion to Reduce Bond on your behalf. If you or a loved one has had a high bond set, or been denied a bond by the Court, call the Law Office of Robert L. Booker today.