Section 3.691 of the Florida Statutes allows a person that has been convicted of a crime to be released on bond pending an appeal. It is within the discretion of the Jacksonville trial court or the Florida appellate court as to whether the defendant should be released. The Jacksonville trial court must apply certain principles when making this decision. The factors that the could should look at include:
- the defendant’s attachments to the community (Jacksonville);
- the defendant’s family ties in the community;
- the defendant’s business or job;
- the severity of the punishment; and
- any other relevant circumstances that would indicate whether or not the defendant is a flight risk.