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Uniform Bail Bond Schedule in Hillsborough County, FL

Administrative Order No. S-2008-160, FL ST 13 J CIR S-2008-160 provides for a Uniform Bail Bond Schedule for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. The Bail Bond Schedule was signed by the Chief Judge on November 17, 2008. The order is current with amendments received through April 15, 2013. The administrative order supersedes Administrative Order S-2007-085.

If you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney for a felony or misdemeanor case in Tampa or Plant City, Hillsborough County, FL, then give us a call. Our offices are located in downtown Tampa just a few blocks from the courthouse. We provide a free consultation over the phone or in the office to discuss the case.

Purpose of the Uniform Bail Bond Schedule in Hillsborough County, FL

For the courts in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL, the uniform bail bond schedule has traditionally listed certain criminal offenses for which a person arrested is ineligible for release pending the first appearance hearing.

The following bail bond schedule is established so that persons arrested for certain criminal offenses may be released on a bail bond prior to the person's first appearance hearing. The Uniform Bail Bond Schedule in Tampa, FL, is not intended to bind any judge conducting first appearance hearings or bail bond hearings.

When the court determining bail at first appearance, the judges should consider the criteria set out in section 903. 046, Florida Statutes, and Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.131.

Serious Cases that Require a First Appearance Hearing Before a Bail Bond is Set

In certain cases, no bail bond is available until after first appearance. Those cases including any person on felony probation or felony community control. Also, if the charge is listed below, then the person will not released on a bail bond until after a first appearance. The judge presiding at the first appearance hearing will determine the appropriate amount of bail bond, if any, for the following types of charges:

  • Capital Felony
  • Life Felony
  • First Degree Felony Punishable by Life
  • Attempt/Solicitation/Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder
  • Carjacking
  • Sexual Battery
  • Escape
  • Attempt / Solicitation / Conspiracy to Commit Second Degree Murder
  • DUI Manslaughter
  • Retaliating Against a Witness (§ 914.23, Fla. Stat.)
  • Failure of Defendant on Bail to Appear (§ 843.15, Fla. Stat.)
  • Trafficking Offenses
  • Arson
  • Aggravated Child Abuse
  • Gang-Related Offenses (Ch. 874, Fla. Stat.)

First Appearance Hearing Required for Certain Domestic Violence Charges

No bail bond is immediately available for certain charges involving an allegation of domestic violence even when the charge is only a misdemeanor. In other words, if you are arrested for any domestic violence charges in Tampa or Hillsborough County, FL, then you will not be able to bond out on the charges until after first appearance.

Domestic violence charges that require a first appearance hearing include:

At the first appearance hearing, the judge will often tell you that you may have "no contact" with the alleged victim after your release.

First Appearance Required for Certain Gang Related Criminal Accusations

Recent legislation in Florida requires any defendant charged with a violation of Chapter 874 (Gang Enforcement and Prevention), Florida Statutes, or alleged to be subject to enhanced punishment under Chapter 874, to be ineligible for release on bail or surety bond until first appearance. § 903.046(2)(l), Fla. Stat. (2008).

Warrants in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL

The administrative order address certain types of arrest warrants in cases in Tampa, FL. The administrative order provides: 

Bail for persons arrested on a violation of probation warrant or a failure to appear warrant will be set in the amount provided for in the warrant itself.

If the violation of probation warrant or failure to appear warrant is silent as to a bail bond amount, then there will be no bond, pending the arrested person's next appearance before the judge assigned to handle the violation of probation or failure to appear matter.

Bail for arrest warrants will be set in the amount provided for in the warrant itself. If the arrest warrant is silent as to a bail bond amount, then the bail will be set in accordance with the provisions of this administrative order.

Uniform Bail Bond Schedule for all Other Charges in Tampa, FL

For all other cases, any person arrested for a criminal offense may be released on a bail bond in an amount based on the designated classification and degree of the offense.

Persons arrested for the following classifications and degrees of criminal offenses may be released on a bail bond in the corresponding amount:

  • First Degree Felony - $15,000
  • Second Degree Felony - $ 7,500
  • Third Degree Felony - $ 2,000
  • First Degree Misdemeanor & non-felony DUI - $ 500
  • Second Degree Misdemeanor - $ 250
  • City or County Ordinance Violation - $ 250

Criminal Defense Attorneys in Tampa, FL

Call 813-250-0500 to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm about your case. We have focused our practice exclusively on criminal defense. Our offices are located in downtown Tampa. We fight for our clients to help them rebuild their lives after a criminal accusation and obtain the absolute best possible result.