Being charged with kidnapping or false imprisonment, or both, are severe charges. Kidnapping in the state of Florida is a felony offense while false imprisonment is either a misdemeanor or felony depending on the circumstances of the crime. If the charges accrued are felony charges, bail may not be granted but if bail is allowed, it will be set at an impressive amount. If you or a loved one are granted bail, contact Roundtree Bonding Agency to speak with a bonding agent who understands the bonding process for highly punishable offenses.
How Is Bond Determined For Kidnapping & False Imprisonment Charges?
After an arrest has been made, the accused will appear in court where a judge will determine and set the bail amount. The circumstances of the crime, such as severity and past criminal record, will be considered by the judge. The severity of the crime will determine the degree and felony or misdemeanor charges — which play a role in determining bail.
If a kidnapping felony charge is granted bail at all, it will be extremely steep as kidnapping is defined as physically moving a person without their consent, with illegal, nefarious and criminal intent according to Florida Statute § 787.01 The severity of the crime dictates the degree of kidnapping. Factors such as if the facts of the crime support aggravated kidnapping (which is a life felony) and if the accused is a habitual offender are weighed.
A false imprisonment charge is defined in Florida Statute § 787.02 as depriving a person of their personal liberty and doing so against their will for any length of time.
In essence, the addition of criminal intent bumps a false imprisonment charge to felony kidnapping charges. The judge will use their discretion, the facts of the crime and criminal record to determine if an individual should be allowed bond and if so, the amount of bond required.
How Does The Bonding Process Work?
Depending on the municipality where the arrest took place and the charges, it may take up to 12 hours to be released after your bondsman secures the release. Our bonding company requires the following information in order to process a bond:
- Bond amount;
- Full name, date of birth and booking number of the defendant; and
- Name and location of the jail where the defendant is in custody.
The bondsman will require a 10 percent, non-refundable fee derived from the total bond amount. For example, if your friend or loved one has a $20,000 bond, the bail bond fee will be $2,000. With all necessary paperwork completed and the fee paid, the bondsman secures the individual’s release.
Why Use A Bonding Agent
Obtaining the services of a bail bondsman allows you to bail your loved one out of a situation you typically would not have been able to. This may be especially true in cases where the charges are kidnapping or false imprisonment — these bonds may be felony charges and set at an exorbitant amount. The experience and skill of our trustworthy bondsman simplifies an already stressful, mentally and financially taxing situation. Our agents are always available, licensed, insured and prepared to guide you through the process of posting bond.