Attempted murder is one of the most serious charges a person can face in Florida. Because of this, it’s considered a life felony to which a bond is seldom granted. But if a bond for attempted murder is granted to a friend or loved one, contact Roundtree Bonding Agency to speak with a trustworthy bonding agent who understands the gravity of the situation.
Can You Get A Bail Bond For Attempted Murder In Florida?
It largely depends on the circumstances. If your friend or family member is a juvenile — younger than 18 — they’re entitled to bail under the Florida Supreme Court’s ruling in Treacy v. Lamberti. For a person charged with a crime that carries the penalty of life in prison, bail is rarely granted. If bail is set, the amount generally varies based on a review of the case and any threat the person may pose to the general public if released. Because there are many factors weighing in an attempted murder charge, it’s important to secure the release of a friend or family member as quickly as possible so they can attend to personal affairs.
Penalties Of Attempted Murder
The penalties for an attempted murder charge vary depending on a number of factors that the court will take into consideration, including:
- If your friend or family member has a previous criminal record;
- If the crime targeted a police officer, public official, or member of Congress;
- If a firearm was involved in the commission of the crime; and/or
- If the crime was gang-related or notable aggressive or brutal acts took place.
First-Degree Attempted Murder
A charge of first-degree attempted murder carries penalties up to life in prison and up to $15,000 in fines.
Second-Degree Attempted Murder
The penalty for second-degree attempted murder is up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. Yet, this charge may be elevated to first-degree if a firearm was discharged during the crime. In these situations, penalties are assessed under Florida’s mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines and conviction carries a minimum of 25 years in prison.
How The Bonding Process Works
There isn’t a specific amount of time between when the friend or family member is booked into law enforcement custody and when they are released after posting a jail bond. Normally, it takes between one hour and three hours but up to 12 hours depending on the municipality where the arrest occurred.
To start the process, have the following information ready when you call Roundtree Bonding Agency:
- The set bond amount;
- The full name, date-of-birth, and booking number for the friend or family member; and
- The name of the jail where the friend or family member is in custody.
Once the necessary paperwork is completed and the 10 percent, non-refundable fee is paid, the bondsman will secure the friend or family member’s release.
Why Work With A Bonding Agent
When a bond is set for a felony, the amount is often more significant than many people are able to supply at one time. By working with a bonding company, the release of your friend or family member can be expedited more so than funding the bond alone.
The various forms and documents necessary to secure the friend or family member’s release can be overwhelming to anyone unfamiliar with the process. A bonding agent knows these forms front and back and patiently guides you through them while answering any questions you have along the way. Roundtree Bonding Agency is licensed and insured, which means our agents understand the rights and limitations placed on your friend or family member.