Seminole County Domestic Violence Charges Initial Appearance Hearing

The initial appearance hearing is the first court hearing after a person is arrested for domestic violence charges in Seminole County, Florida.  The purpose of the initial appearance hearing is for the court to determine if probable cause existed to justify an arrest for domestic violence charges, if the arrested person should be given a bond and if so what the bond amount will be and what the conditions of release will be.

To make these determinations the judge normally wants information from the victim on what the conditions of release should be to protect the victim from the arrested person.  A Seminole County judge normally either gets this information from the prosecutor at the initial appearance hearing who called the victim before the initial appearance hearing and discussed with the victim the conditions of release needed to protect the victim from the arrested person.

Even if the victim is present at the initial appearance hearing Seminole County judges do not normally take in person testimony from the victim, therefore, if the prosecutor or the lawyer for the arrested person has not been able to speak to the victim by phone or in person prior to the initial appearance hearing then the judge will normally order the conditions of release to be no contact with the victim and no return to the residence of the victim and potentially the EMPACT monitor which is an electronic monitor you wear on your leg.  If you would like to discuss how I can help, the consultation is free. Please call me at 407-740-8300, text me at 407-616-8808 or email me at [email protected].

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