Most of America is tuned in to the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case. A child of 17 was gunned down by a concerned neighborhood watchman. This blog and this firm will not get into whether he did or did not do it. I was not there. I have not seen the evidence. Further, I believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. I believe in that, because I want that for all of my clients. I believe that most of my clients are innocent. If they tell me they are, I believe them and fight on their behalf. It’s about not allowing the prosecution to present evidence which makes my client appear guilty. It’s about helping people maintain their innocence. Many times, there are unfortunate and sad situations, and juries can be swayed by their emotions. I feel bad for Trayvon Martin. I think most people do! He was too young to die. He did not deserve a violent death. However, I also feel bad for George Zimmerman. He has been torn apart by the court of public opinion. That’s just not fair.
Yesterday a court was able to look at the facts of the case and determine whether Mr. Zimmerman was to be allowed bail or not. The judge was not swayed by the news reports or the crowds of people outside. He remained fair and impartial. This important to point out, as many people lose faith in the ability of judges to be fair and impartial. The judge determined that Mr. Zimmerman was eligible for bail, and set the amount at $150,000. Most bail bond companies allow a person to post 10% of that to get freed. I work with several bond companies that will allow 8% upon a written notification by my firm that we have been retained. I gladly fill this form out for clients to help them catch a break.
The interesting thing about Mr. Zimmerman’s bond is that there are several restrictions imposed. For example, he is not allowed to drink alcohol or take any drugs. (There will be an exception for prescribed medications of course.) George Zimmerman also has an ordered curfew. These restrictions and orders are not common practice. Likely it is because this is such a highly publicized case. The terms of bail in California are generally to violate no law. If you do violate a law while on bail, there is an enhancement which can be added to the current case. Plus, there can be new charges filed.
If you want to better understand bail, or the terms of your bail, contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm today!
Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache
A Criminal Defense Firm
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Palm Springs, CA 92262
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