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How to File a Motion for Bond Reduction in North Carolina

When dealing with the justice system, understanding bail bonds and the process for obtaining a bond reduction can be daunting. This is where Apex Bail Bonds, your trusted partner in navigating the bail bond process, comes in handy. Today, we’ll explain how to file a motion for bond reduction in North Carolina.

What is a Bond Reduction Motion?

A bond reduction motion is a request to the court to reduce an individual’s bail amount. There are many reasons why someone might pursue this, such as a change in circumstances since the bond was set. 

Below, we detail the process based on the guidelines provided by the NC Defender Manual.

Step-by-Step Guide to File a Motion for Bond Reduction

1. Determine the Appropriate Court

If the case is still in its preliminary stages in the district court, then this court is where the motion should be filed.

The motion should be lodged there for cases that have progressed to the superior court.

2. Draft the Motion

Ensure your motion is in writing.

Clearly mention the reasons for your bond reduction request. Changed circumstances since the initial bond setting can be valid reasons.

You can find a sample bond motion at the non-capital trial motions bank on the NCIDS website.

3. Serve the Motion

The motion must be served on the prosecutor, ensuring they’re informed and can prepare any necessary response.

4. Schedule the Hearing

The timing of the filing can influence the court and prosecutor’s openness to a reduction. Consider filing when the counsel first enters the case or during a probable cause hearing in a felony case.

5. The Hearing

Present your reasons for the bond reduction at the hearing.

Although rules of evidence don’t strictly apply, ensure you have all supporting documentation and witnesses ready to make a compelling case.

While the defendant’s presence can be beneficial, they should avoid making statements during the hearing.

6. Negotiations

Negotiating with the prosecutor for an uncontested bond reduction is often beneficial. These discussions can lead to a more favorable outcome.

7. Appeals

If the decision isn’t favorable, consider appealing to a higher court or filing a writ of habeas corpus.

What if My Motion Is Dismissed?

If a court declines to lower the set bail amount during a bail reduction motion, it must justify its decision in writing or verbally. 

If faced with a high bail, you still have multiple options: personally posting bail, registering a property bail bond where the property acts as collateral, or using a surety bond. 

Apex Bail Bonds offers surety bonds, covering the bail amount for a non-refundable premium of 10% to 15% of the total bail. This is particularly beneficial when a bail reduction isn’t granted, allowing for a quicker release without risking personal assets or gathering substantial funds.

Why Choose Apex Bail Bonds?

When navigating the intricacies of the bond reduction process, having a reliable partner can make all the difference. Here’s why Apex Bail Bonds stands out in NC:

  • Experienced Team: Our owner, Fred Shanks, holds more licenses than any known bondsman in the region, having posted bonds in various states and handled cases up to $1 million dollars.
  • Specialization: From transfer bonds, fugitive bonds, and extradition bonds to property bonds (including out-of-state property), Apex Bail Bonds has you covered.
  • Nationwide Coverage: Not only do we have seven locations across the Piedmont Triad, but we also offer nationwide bail bonds.
  • Core Values: We believe in Christian values, and our agents exude professionalism, respecting the importance of their role in the judicial system.
  • Customer-Centric Approach: At Apex Bail Bonds, the customer always comes first. We offer:
    • 24-hour service
    • 0% Financing and no extra fees on payment plans
    • Expertise in LARGE BOND cases
    • Unwavering customer support

The bail process can be complex, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. Reach out to Apex Bail Bonds today, and let us guide you every step of the way.

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