Q: Can I bond someone out of jail on a murder charge?
A: Bond has to be granted by the judge. Whether a judge will issue a bond in a murder case is going to be dependent on specific facts related to the case. You can expect a very high bond if one is granted.
When setting a bond for a charge as serious as murder, the judge must go through an analysis to determine how high the bond needs to be set to ensure that the Defendant will return to court and face the charge rather than risk losing the bond money. The judge will also assess whether the person is a potential flight risk and/or a danger to the community. Ultimately, a bond on a murder charge is going to be very high and may be denied alltogether depending on the circumstances. Your friend in jail needs an attorney as soon as possible.
Check out the blog on my website about the bond recently set for George Zimmerman. It shows a little bit of the throught process of a judge setting bond in a murder case. Now, of course, that case is in Florida and you posted this in a Georgia section. The link is simply provide for informational purposes. The blog posting is at http://hernanfirm.com/bond-set-at-1000000-for-george-zimmerman/.
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