Detroit Bond Hearing Attorney
At The Law Office of Kevin Bessant & Associates, we understand how difficult it is to stay in jail while you await your bond hearing or for your criminal case to be resolved. Although it varies from case to case, a judge might deny bail, set your bond amount way above what you can reasonably pay, or schedule your reduction hearing too far out. In addition to being unfair to you, this can place a heavy burden on your loved ones who might struggle to raise funds and navigate the legal process on their own.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony in Detroit or a surrounding area—including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Livingston, and Washtenaw counties—and need an experienced lawyer to reduce your bond or address your bond conditions, we encourage you to contact our office as soon as you can. Our Detroit bond hearing lawyer, Attorney Kevin Bessant, will act swiftly and aggressively to ensure that you are given a fair hearing before the court. We might even be able to save you from unnecessarily paying a bail bondsman.
Contact the bond hearing attorney in Detroit by calling (313) 634-0054 or completing our online form. We offer free initial consultations.
Michigan’s Bail Bond Laws
Bail or Bond?
“Bail” is the amount of money that a person needs to put forward to be released from jail. The court will hold this money as a form of security or collateral in order to ensure that you’ll appear at your future court proceedings. This financial arrangement is referred to as “bond.” Although these two terms are subtly different, they’re often used interchangeably.
Bond Hearings and Bond Reductions
When you’re arrested for an alleged criminal offense in Detroit or a neighboring area, your very first hearing will likely be an arraignment. It’s at these hearings that judges set initial bond amounts. According to Michigan law, when the alleged offender was arrested without a warrant, these hearings must take place “without unnecessary delay.”
Although the U.S. Constitution and Michigan legal statutes both specify that judges cannot set bond amounts excessively high, it’s often the case that bond far exceeds what defendants can actually pay. This is why some people use bail bondsmen to help them cover the immediate costs. Another option, which is usually cheaper, is to have your lawyer file a motion for a bond reduction.
Even if you were arrested on a warrant or a federal criminal charge, a lawyer can still advocate for you in court and potentially secure an affordable bail amount or a personal recognizance bond. The latter does not require financial deposits (unless a bond violation or revocation occurs).
If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime, we recommend that you call The Law Office of Kevin Bessant & Associates at your earliest convenience. Our goal is to do everything we can to get you out of jail and keep you out. In our 15+ years practicing criminal defense law, we’ve seen that strong legal counsel makes a world of difference between staying in jail or going home.
We know what kind of factors the judge will evaluate to determine if you’ll be granted bond and, if so, how much it’ll be. If arraignment has not yet taken place, we can represent you at this initial hearing and help you pursue a bond arrangement that is fair and reasonable. We can even use this opportunity to discuss and dispute your criminal charges (depending on your circumstances). Furthermore, if bail was initially denied or set way too high, we can file a motion demanding that the court review all relevant factors and reconsider the terms of your bond.
Call (313) 634-0054 to discuss your case with our bond hearing attorney in Detroit.