Word is your bond in some cases, it is possible to be released on one's own recognizance in an Iowa criminal prosecution, or, ROR'd. The judge instructs the Defendant that he or she is on his or her own honor to return to court without a bond. Failure to appear can result in a warrant for arrest and additional sanctions. A delay of initial appearance is a law enforcement's officer's discretionary directive to a criminal defendant to appear at a later date for initial appearance without being jailed. And a signature bond is where the judge orders the defendant to sign that they will personally appear at all future court appearances or be responsible for the amount of the signature bond. 


If you or a loved one has been arrested for a crime in Iowa, contact David A. Cmelik Law PLC to become an informed legal consumer. 

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What will my bond be if I get arrested? 


by David A. Cmelik Law PLC

The Iowa Supreme Court has established a uniform bond schedule to provide for the release of a defendant charged with a non-forcible felony prior to an initial appearance if court is not in session.  The uniform bond schedule is also sometimes used by defense lawyers to argue that a bond is unreasonably high—and that it thus serves as a uniform benchmark for bonds at initial appearance or a bond review hearing. Judges are free to set reasonable bonds that depart from this schedule in Iowa criminal cases and, indeed, bonds must not be excessive pursuant to Article I Section 17 of the Iowa Constitution. This uniform bond schedule does not mean this will be the exact amount of your bond during your prosecution as bond may vary.

The uniform bond schedule is available at the website for the Iowa Supreme Court here and is as follows:

"Violation of §124.401(1)(a) & (b) (class "B" felony charge for manufacture or delivery of certain controlled substances, counterfeit substances, or substitute substances, including heroin, cocaine, and meth)—$100,000.
Violation of §124.401(1)(c) (class "C" felony charge for the above type crimes)—$50,000
Other class "B" felony—$25,000
Other class "C" felony—$10,000
Class "D" felony—$5,000
Aggravated misdemeanor—$2,000
Serious misdemeanor—$1,000
Simple misdemeanor (non-scheduled violation)—$300
Scheduled violations—amount established in State of Iowa Compendium of Scheduled Violations and Scheduled Fines"


If you or a loved one has been arrested for a crime in Iowa, contact David A. Cmelik Law PLC at 319-389-1889 or https://www.daclawfirm.com for a free initial consultation. However, remember that a blog is not legal advice and that sending unsolicited information to an attorney over the Internet does not establish an attorney-client relationship. 

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