What is an Arthur Hearing?
An Arthur Hearing is a bond hearing for very serious felony offenses.
Usually, a person is charged with an offense punishable by life in prison. If a defendant is arrested for a “non-bondable” offense, such as murder, sexual battery or kidnapping, the law presumes that the defendant will remain in jail pending trial.
A person arrested for a “non-bondable” offense has the right to ask for an Arthur hearing. The purpose of the hearing is for the judge to determine whether the person should be released pending trial. An Arthur Hearing is kinda like a mini-trial. With the exception that, the sole decision of the outcome relies only on a Judge and not a panel of your peers.
To be granted a bond on a No Bond (NB), your Defense Attorney needs to persuade the Judge that;
- Your charges DO NOT have significant enough evidence to prove your guilt.
- You are not a danger to the community or a risk of flight.
Depending on the outcome of these facts between your Attorney and the State Prosecutor, will determine your bond status and bail amount.
Families and Friends are encouraged to attend these hearings and should help the Defense Attorney prove these two key factors. Also, to request an ankle monitor and Pretrial for the Defendant.
If a bond is set excessively too high, A bond reduction hearing could be your next best move.
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