When an individual is arrested for a crime in
Miami-Dade County, that person will typically be taken to a local law enforcement station for booking. After booking the defendant
is taken to the Miami-Dade County Jail to wait until they can be bailed out.
In Miami-Dade County, the defendant is usually brought before a judge within 24-48 hours of being
arrested. At this hearing the defendant should have an attorney present. A criminal defense attorney can request a bond, request
a lower bond, or request that the defendant be released on his or her own recognizance and avoid having to post a bond.
If the defendant is facing felony charges, the bond hearing will be held
at the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building located at 1351 NW 12th St. Miami, FL 33125. Monday through Friday, felony bond
hearing are held at 9 am and 1:30 pm in courtroom 1-5. On weekends and holidays felony bond hearing are held at 9 am in courtroom
If the defendant is facing misdemeanor
charges, the bond hearing will be held at the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building located at 1351 NW 12th St. Miami, FL 33125.
Monday through Friday, misdemeanor bond hearing are held at 9 am and 1:30 pm in courtroom 5-3. On weekends and holidays misdemeanor bond
hearing are held at 9 am in courtroom 5-3.
At this hearing the defendant will be notified of his or her next court date. If an criminal defense attorney is present
and files his Notice of Appearance, the attorney will receive the notice of the future Court hearing as well, and that will
help assure that an arrest warrant will not be issued at the next hearing date for failure to appear.
The Florida bail bond system is designed to guarantee the appearance of
a criminal defendant in court at the time the judge directs, once the defendant is released from jail. If you need the services
of a Miami-Dade County bail bondsman to secure the release of the defendant you should contact your criminal defense attorney
to refer you one, or search for one on the internet.