Bond Reduction

Bond Reduction for Criminal Charges in Columbia, South Carolina

Criminal allegations are life changing events that can seriously impact your future. Hiring a professional attorney is an important first step in the criminal defense process.

The experienced criminal justice attorneys of the Strom Law Firm have operated as such since 1996. Our attorneys have experience defending various types of criminal charges and will begin to utilize our professional resources as soon as we begin working on your case.

judgeThe attorneys at the Strom Law Firm are familiar with various jails and detention centers. We have extensive experience working with and visiting these types of facilities. Our attorneys work most frequently with the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, located at 201 John Mark Dial Dr, Columbia, SC 29209, and at the Lexington County Detention Center, located at 521 Gibson Rd., Lexington, SC 29072. The attorneys of the Strom Law Firm have vast experience traveling across South Carolina to myriad detention centers.

Law enforcement agencies who arrest for criminal charges may come from any one of various agencies.

There are several law enforcement agencies in South Carolina who can arrest for criminal charges. The type of case and location usually dictate which type of court will hear any given case.

Requisite time for the attorney to prepare is an essential aspect of defending you and your rights. Contacting legal representation as early as possible is the best way to give an attorney adequate time to prepare.

Being charged with a crime does not make you guilty of a crime. The prosecution is responsible for proving that the defendant is guilty.

Bond Hearings in South Carolina

Within 24 hours of a person being arrested, a bond hearing will be held.  At this hearing, a judge will determine, what type of bond will be required in order to release, or bail, a person out of police custody.  It is important to note that a bond hearing is not your trial and you are considered innocent until proven guilty. A bond just enables you to be released from jail.

The judge presiding over your bond hearing considers two major factors in determining what type of bond to set in your case:

  1. Are you a flight risk?  Meaning, will you show up for trial if released on bond?
  2. Do you pose a danger to the community if released on bond?

If possible, it is important to retain an attorney prior to your bond hearing.  An attorney can ensure you understand the bond process and advocate on your behalf at the hearing.  Having an attorney to represent your rights can help you receive a fair bond.

Types of bonds

  • Personal Recognizance Bond (“PR Bond”):

    • No money is needed to bond out of jail if a PR Bond is set.  However, with this particular bond you are ensuring the judge upon your release that you will show up for any future court dates and you are also acknowledging a debt to the court equal to the total amount of the bond if you fail to appear in court.  If the conditions of the bond are broken, your bond could be revoked and you could be returned to jail owing the full debt to the court.
  • Cash Surety Bond:

    • If a cash surety bond is set, you must find a “surety” to guarantee the court that you will show up for your court date.  Bail bondsmen are typically used in securing cash surety bonds, charge fees for their services and require initial payments of 10-15% of the total bond amount.  Family members or other individuals may also act as sureties by depositing the entire amount of the bond with the court or by pledging property to the court as collateral.

Bond Reduction/Bail Reduction

After bond has been set, there could be circumstances which render a modification or change to the bond.  New information may become available or a change in circumstances could occur that would give rise to your bond being modified.

More on Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia, the state capital of South Carolina, also serves as the county seat of Richland County, one of the largest counties in South Carolina. Richland County is home to various important landmarks including the Fort Jackson Army Base and the state flagship University of South Carolina.

Columbia SkylineFort Jackson Army Base, the largest U.S. Army installation for Basic Combat Training, is an essential facet of the Columbia community. Fort Jackson trains 50% of all soldiers, including 60% of all women entering the Army each year. Fort Jackson, primarily utilized as a training facility, sees over 35,000 potential soldiers each year and is home to over 12,000 military families, contributing largely to Columbia’s economy.

The University of South Carolina, the state flagship university of South Carolina, is the proud home of the Gamecocks. Over 32,000 students are educated each year at the Columbia campus. The university and city of Columbia are partners, as the university produces important economic growth and Columbia is ranked as the #3 college town in the United States.

Various natural landmarks run through Columbia. Multiple rivers, including the Congaree River, Little River, and Wateree River each run through Columbia, which is also home to Congaree National Park. Kayaking, sailing, biking, and swimming are all popular attractions at these natural locations and provide entertainment and attractions for local residents and visitors.

Five Points and the Vista highlight the Columbia nightlife scene. Five Points, Columbia’s most famous nightlife area, is located centrally on Harden Street. Five Points has been a student hotspot for decades. The Vista, also known as the Congaree Vista, is popular with young urban professionals and more established residents.

There are many law enforcement agencies throughout Columbia. After arrest, charges may be heard by any of a variety of courts, including Central Magistrate, or City. After arrest, alleged offenders may be taken to a police station or to the Alvin S. Glenn detention center. After a short period of time in detention, a bond hearing will be set. Contacting an attorney from the very beginning of your case only helps that attorney defend your rights, including at the bond hearing.

Our attorneys frequently have significant experience in The City of Columbia City Court, located at 811 Washington St., Columbia, SC 29201, and Central Court, located at 1701 Main St., Columbia, SC 29201. Our attorneys also frequently visit the Alvin S. Glenn detention center, located at 201 John Mark Dial Dr., Columbia, SC 29209.

There are many interstates and freeways that run through Columbia and Richland County, some even beginning or ending within the city limits. I-20, I-26, and I-77 each run through Richland County, and two other major interstates (I-85 and I-95) run nearby through other counties in South Carolina. The major cities and towns of South Carolina are covered by this interstate and highway system, which also runs through many smaller towns and communities.

Contact the Strom Law Firm immediately after you are arrested.

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