Bond Hearings


After an arrest, an accused is entitled to have a bond hearing in front of a judge, Charleston Bond Hearing Attorney Dale Savage can assist you in the entire bond process, presenting the available facts and evidence that the court will consider in making its decision of whether to set bail.  Call a Charleston Criminal Defense Attorney today at (843) 530-7813 for your free consultation.

When do you Get a Bond Hearing?

A bond hearing is usually set within 24 hours of the arrest and the person must be released within a reasonable time after the bond is delivered to the jail. See §22-5-510 (B).  Click here to see the schedule for Charleston Bond Hearing Court Schedule.

Issues the Court Considers​

In determining the conditions of release that will reasonably assure appearance in court (See §17-15-30), the Court may consider the nature and circumstances of an offense charged and an accused’s:

  1. Family ties;

  2. Employment;

  3. Financial resources;

  4. Character and mental condition;

  5. Length of residence in the community;

  6. Record of convictions; and

  7. Record of flight to avoid prosecution or failure to appear at other court proceedings.

The court shall (must) consider:

  1. A persons criminal record;

  2. Any pending charges against a person at the time;

  3. All incident reports from the arrest;

  4. Whether an accused is an alien unlawfully present in the U.S. and poses a substantial flight risk due to his/her status; and

  5. Whether the person charged appears in the state gang database maintained at the State Law Enforcement Division.

Before or at the time of a bond hearing, the arresting law enforcement agency must provide the court with the following information:

  1. A person’s criminal record;

  2. Any charges pending against a person at the time release is requested;

  3. All incident reports generated as a result of the offense charged; and

  4. Any other information that will assist the court in determining conditions of release.

Failure on the part of the law enforcement agency to provide the court with the information does not constitute grounds for the postponement or delay of the person’s hearing.  See §22-5-510 (C)

Types of Bonds

Personal Recognizance (PR)

This type of bond orders that a person be released pending trial without an amount of surety specified by the court.  Simply stated, you are released from custody without having to post any money.  However, you are still required to appear and abide by any and all other terms the court deems proper.

10% Cash bond

The defendant posts with the Clerk of Court cash in the amount of 10% of the bond set by the court.  After the defendant fulfills the conditions of bond the money is returned to the person who posted it.

Surety Bond

This is an amount posted by a bail bondsman (typically 10% of the total amount) that once posted allows for your release from custody until the case is resolved.  The bail bondsman becomes responsible for your appearance, so it is important that you meet the conditions of your bond as the bail bondsman can release you where you can be re-incarcerated and lose the money you had provided them.

Consent Bond

Sometimes you can reach an agreement with law enforcement or the solicitor in the case to agree to the terms and conditions of bond.  These terms can vary widely depending on the type of offense charged and the seriousness of the crime.

What Bonds Can a Magistrate Set

A magistrate may set bail to a person charged with an offense that is not punishable by death or life imprisonment.  However, with respect to violent offenses as defined by Section 16-1-60, magistrates may deny bail giving due weight to the evidence and to the nature and circumstances of the event, including, but not limited to, any charges pending against the person requesting bail. See §22-5-510 (A)

Charges a Magistrate Can Set

  • Attempted murder (§16-3-29)
  • Assault and battery by mob 1st degree (§16-3-210(B))
  • Burglary 1st Degree (Unless solicitor objects) (§16-11-311)
  • Burglary 2nd degree (§16-11-312(B))
  • Criminal sexual conduct 1st 2nd 3rd degree (§16-3-652 and 16-3-653)
  • Criminal sexual conduct with minors 1st 2nd 3rd degree (§16-3-655)
  • Assault with intent to commit CSC 1st 2nd degree (§16-3-656)
  • Assault and battery with intent to kill (§16-3-620)
  • Assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature (§16-3-600(B))
  • Kidnapping (§16-3-910)
  • Voluntary manslaughter ( §16-3-50)
  • Armed robbery (§16-11-330(A))
  • Attempted armed robbery ( §16-11-330(B))
  • Carjacking (§16-3-1075)
  • Drug trafficking ( §44-53-370(e))
  • Manufacturing or trafficking methamphetamine (§44-53-375)
  • Trafficking cocaine base (Crack) (§44-53-375(C))
  • Felony DUI (§56-5-2945 (A)(2))
  • Hit and run resulting in death (§56-5-12120(A)(3))

Charges a Circuit Judge Can Set

  • Murder (§16-3-10)
  • Homicide by child abuse (§16-3-85(A)(1)
  • CSC with a minor less than 11 yrs. of age (§16-3-655(A)(1))
  • Accessory before the fact to commit any of the above offenses (§16-1-40)
  • Attempt to commit any of the above offenses (§16-1-80)

What is a Bond Revocation?

When a person commits a subsequent violent crime while on bond  for a previous violent crime:

What is a Bond Reconsideration?

Once a Circuit Court Judge has heard and ruled upon a defense motion to reconsider bond set by the lower court, the defense can still file a motion to reconsider ONLY upon the defendant’s showing a material change in circumstances which relate to the factors provided in §17-15-55, and that have arisen since the prior motion to reconsider.

A Motion to reconsider can also be heard based on time alone but only after 6 months from the date of the original bond hearing.

Charleston, SC Bond Hearing Attorney

If you need a Charleston Bond Hearing Attorney call today at (843) 530-7813.  You will speak directly with a Charleston Criminal Defense Attorney about your case.

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