An Arthur Hearing is a bail hearing for a criminal defendant that is facing very serious felony offenses, often referred to as a capital crime, and is a criminal offense punishable by life in prison.
If a defendant is arrested for a non-bondable offense, such as 1st degree murder, sexual battery or kidnapping, the judicial law presumes that the defendant will remain in jail pending trial. A criminal defendant arrested for a non-bondable offense has the right to ask for an Arthur hearing.
The purpose of the hearing is for the judge to determine whether the person should be released on bail pending trial. An Arthur Hearing is kinda like a mini-trial, with the exception that, the sole decision of the outcome is relied only on a Judge and not a panel of your peers. To be granted a bond on a NB (No Bond), your Defense Attorney needs to persuade the Judge that;
- Your charges DO NOT have significant enough evidence to prove your guilt.
- You are not an immeadiate danger to the community or a flight risk.
Depending on the outcome of these facts between your criminal defense Attorney and the State Prosecutor, will determine your bail status and bail bond amount. Family, Friends, and anyone of character witness are encouraged to attend this hearing and should help the criminal defense Attorney prove these two key factors.
Also, request ankle monitoring and Pretrial for the Defendant. If bond is set excessively too high, A bond reduction hearing could be your next best move.
For Immediate Information regarding Bond Hearing contact Bail Bond Agent Tim Altman at Altman Bail Bonds (352) 343-6090.