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Q: We are holidaying in Florida in August ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: We are holidaying in Florida in August
Category: Relationships and Society
Asked by: bristle-ga
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Posted: 14 Jul 2006 10:59 PDT
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Question ID: 746344
My son is on bail to appear at a magistartes court after we return
from holiday.  will he be refused entry in Florida whilst on bail.  He
is 16 years old and has no criminal record.
Subject: Re: We are holidaying in Florida in August
Answered By: tutuzdad-ga on 09 Aug 2006 07:57 PDT
Dear bristle-ga;

Thank you for allowing me to answer your interesting question. As our
disclaimer suggests our purpose here is to provide general information
and not legal advice.

The short answer to your question is no. In the United States people
are free to travel without restriction unless specifically ordered by
a court to remain in a specific jurisdiction, for a specific time, for
a specific reason. Occasionally a person CONVICTED of a crime has his
movement restricted until his sentence, parole or probation is
completed, or in the case of a sex offender (depending on the law in
the state in which he is convicted) his movements may be monitored or
restricted for life.

In the case of someone out on bail the state of Florida will not deny
him entry. In fact, Florida won?t even ask or check a person at the
state border to see if he is out on bail in a criminal case. On the
other hand, the boy may be in jeopardy of having his bond revoked and
be physically remanded to the custody of the court if the bondsman who
posted the bond learns that he has left the state without notifying
him. The only way to know this for certain is to call the bondsman and
ask him, or if you posted a cash bond to call the Court Clerk and ask
him or her if out-of-state travel is permissible while out on bond. It
is best to get this permission IN WRITING.

As for you original question though, Florida (nor any other US state
that I am aware of) will NOT deny a person entry simply because they
are out on bail. Remember, in the US a person is presumed to be
innocent unless proven otherwise so unless, or until, the boy is
convicted he is free to move about unhindered except in cases where
there is probable cause to prevent him from doing so. Again ? and I
cannot stress this enough ? while Florida will have no problem
allowing him to enter the state, the terms of the bond in the state
where he is out of bail will likely determine whether he can GO TO
Florida in the first place.

I hope you find that my answer exceeds your expectations. If you have
any questions about my research please post a clarification request
prior to rating the answer. Otherwise I welcome your rating and your
final comments and I look forward to working with you again in the
near future. Thank you for bringing your question to us.

Best regards;
Tutuzdad-ga ? Google Answers Researcher





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