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We often get calls from frantic family members asking how we can help if their loved one was just arrested.  There are several ways a criminal defense lawyer can help.  For example, the criminal defense attorney can challenge whether there is probable cause in the case.  But the biggest area that affects you is when a criminal defense attorney can help get a lower bond on the case.  First Appearance Court can often be a cattle call.  Each person who has been arrested is only given a few short minutes to plead for a low bond to the judge.  Oftentimes, the judge has already reviewed all of the police reports and has decided on a bond before you ever get before the judge.  But an experienced criminal defense attorney can utilize beneficial factors to often change a judges mind.  Here’s how:


What will happen when my loved one goes before the judge?


Here in Duval county, there are two First Appearance court sessions everyday.  One at 9:00 am and one at 1:00 pm.  Court will often start later than those times depending on how many people were arrested.  If you are arrested, you are entitled to go before a judge within 24 hours.  So, if you are arrested at night, you will probably go before the judge at 1:00 pm the next day.  If you are arrested in the morning or during the day, you will probably go before the judge the next morning.