Dude Where's My Bond: Crimes for Which Only a Superior Court Judge Can Set Bond
One of the most important things for Columbus Ga Criminal Lawyer Mark Jones about representing a client accused of a crime is obtaining reasonable bond for the client in an expeditious manner. In Columbus, Georgia, oftentimes bond is set in Recorder’s Court, which is a court of record created specifically for Columbus, Georgia. Gwinnett County also has a Recorder’s Court. (By the way, did you know Columbus, Georgia has at least six (6) different courts?).
Recorder’s Court handles preliminary hearings for Columbus, Georgia. It also handles traffic citations and other citations concerning city ordinances. Recorder’s Court helps those accused of a crime get bond in a reasonably expeditious manner. They even hold court on Saturdays!
However, for certain charges, a Superior Court Judge can only set bond. This is pursuant to Georgia law. See OCGA § 17-6-1. Under that code section, bail can only set by a Superior Court judge for the following crimes:
(4) Aggravated sodomy;
(5) Armed robbery;
(6) Aircraft hijacking and hijacking a motor vehicle;
(7) Aggravated child molestation;
(8) Aggravated sexual battery;
(9) Manufacturing, distributing, delivering, dispensing, administering, or selling any controlled substance classified under Code Section 16-13-25 as Schedule I or under Code Section 16-13-26 as Schedule II;
(10) Violating Code Section 16-13-31, relating to trafficking in cocaine, methamphetamine, or marijuana;
(11) Kidnapping, arson, aggravated assault, or burglary if the person, at the time of the alleged kidnapping, arson, aggravated assault, or burglary, had previously been convicted of, was on probation or parole with respect to, or was on bail for kidnapping, arson, aggravated assault, burglary, or one or more of the offenses listed in paragraphs (1) through (10) of this subsection; and
(12) Aggravated stalking.
It is important that you seek out an experienced attorney immediately in the event you or a loved one has been charged with a crime — especially one of the crimes charged in OCGA § 17-6-1. If you desire a courtesy consultation regarding your criminal matter, please call Lawyer Mark Jones today at 866-521-MARK or 706-225-2555.
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