he got arrested and went too court the next day they set his bond to $15,000 which u get 10percent which makes it $1,500 we have no money and were homeless we both stay in a homeless shelter my husband talk too both judge and lawyer about his situation about being homeless and trying too find a job they went ahead and set him a court date next week for a bond reduction he was arrested for a petty charge retail theft do u think they will lower his bond?
No one can predict what the court will do on a motion to reduce bond. It depends on several factors including prior criminal history and any prior "bond forfeitures" (or other record of failures to appear in court), the facts of the case and a host of other statutory factors that I'm sure his PD will adequately argue. Unfortunately, being homeless does not help, because that increases the perception of a "flight risk" as opposed to someone who owns a home. As a practical matter, the public defender knows the judge's tendencies and would probably not have asked for the hearing unless he/she thought there was a good chance of a reduction.
There is no way of knowing whether your husband's bond will be reduced. However, you state that he was arrested for a petty retail theft charge. That does not make sense, given the size of the bond. There is more here than you revealed. Contact the public defendaer's office and discuss your husband's situation in much more detail. Your husband, not you, should actually be asking these questions.
I agree with Attorney Galivan that the fact that your husband is homeless does not make him an attractive candidate for bond reduction because he is essentially, well homeless. The cops won't know where to find him if he doesn't show for court.
That being said, his Public Defender most likely knows what they are doing by requesting a bond reduction in that courtroom in front of that judge.
Sal Sheikh practices law in Illinois.This answer is provided solely for informational purposes only. You should always speak directly with a lawyer in your State. It is difficult to evaluate your legal problem without a consultation and review of all the facts and documents at issue. This answer does not constitute legal advice, create an attorney-client relationship, or constitute attorney advertising.
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