When a friend or loved one has been arrested for aggravated battery, you want a bonding company that works quickly and with tact. Roundtree Bonding Agency writes bonds throughout the State of Florida every day of the year. To learn more about the process to obtain an aggravated battery bail bond, contact us today.
What Is Aggravated Battery In Florida?
A serious crime, aggravated battery differs from simple battery due to the element of prior intention and/or preconceived knowledge. When one person intentionally or knowingly comes into physical contact with another individual against the other person’s will, that is considered aggravated battery, as outlined in Florida Statute § 784.045. The result of this contact can be a serious injury, permanent disability, and/or permanent disfigurement.
A person may be charged with aggravated battery if they used a deadly weapon, such as a firearm or knife, during the crime. Also, a specific situation is aggravated battery against a pregnant woman occurs when a person commits battery while knowing or should have known the woman was pregnant.
Penalties Of Aggravated Battery
Aggravated battery is a second-degree felony in Florida and carries penalties of up to 15 years in prison, up to 15 years of probation, and up to $10,000 in fines. The penalties may be enhanced under Florida Statute § 775.087 if a firearm was in your possession or was discharged during the battery. These enhanced penalties are commonly known as mandatory minimum sentences and range from a minimum 10 years to 25 years in prison.
Because an aggravated battery charge carries life-long consequences, it’s important to secure your friend or family member’s release so they can attend to personal affairs. Roundtree Bonding Agency assists clients every day of the year and always explains how the bonding process works.
The Bail Bonds Process
Following their arrest for aggravated battery, your family member or friend is booked into law enforcement custody, usually at a local jail. The next step is to appear at a hearing called the first appearance hearing. This is when a judge sets the bond amount — if any — based on several factors, including any previous criminal history.
If a bond amount isn’t set, the judge may release your friend or family member on their own recognizance. They are then responsible for appearing at all court dates until the case is resolved.
If a bond is required, a bonding agent, such as Roundtree Bonding Agency, can help. Yet, if a bondsman puts up the full bond amount to secure the friend or family member’s release, a 10 percent non-refundable bond fee will be assessed.
You can help speed up the bonding process by having this information ready:
- The set bond amount;
- The friend or family member’s full name, date-of-birth, and booking number; and
- The name of the jail where the friend or family member is being held in custody.
Roundtree Bonding Agency understands the uncertainty that surrounds these situations. We’ll always make sure you and your friend or family member understand the process, responsibilities, and when all court dates are. To learn more about the bail bonds process, contact us today.