If you have a loved one charged with a serious offense in South Carolina
the Bond Court may set an unreasonably high bond. In Bond Court the judge
typically only has a few minutes per case and will make a cursory determination
of the type and amount of bond that is necessary to secure the defendant's
attendance in Court. If the bond is set too high though it can prevent
the defendant from being released.
It is possible to seek a bond reduction to lower the amount of bond that
must be posted. This will also lower the cost of hiring a bail bondsman
- and may save families thousands of dollars.
The process involves an attorney filing a formal motion with the Court
of General Sessions. The next step is to schedule a hearing with the Solicitor's
Office and the Court. At the hearing additional evidence of the defendant's
ties to the community and good character may be presented.
If your loved one has a unreasonably or prohibitavely high bond set The
Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, can help you by making a formal motion for a bond reduction. This service
is included for no additional charge for our clients. To discuss your
love one's case contact our office at