Judges have a great deal of discretion in setting bond. Additionally, it sounds like the arresting officers may have set the bond as your son was being processed and taken to jail. In other words, it isn't completely out of line.
Having said that, it is higher than what would be expected in this situation. As you haven't retained an attorney, I suspect your son has a public defender (PD) working on his behalf. The PD can file a motion for bond and have this issue addressed. I would suggest that a more reasonable expectation would be about $10,000 to $25,000.
I know you stated that you couldn't afford an attorney but I would urge you to reconsider this position. A competent criminal defense attorney could make this process easier and, likely, more successful.
First, you should begin with your state bar association. The Florida State Bar has a website, it is located at www.floridabar.org.
Similarly, the Jacksonville-Duval County Bar Association has a website, it is located at www.jaxbar.org.
Additionally, Martindale Hubbell is a national organization that rates attorneys across the country. Their website is located at http://www.martindale.com/.
Another nationwide website is located at http://www.avvo.com/. This site lists attorneys by geographic location and area of practice.
Each of these resources will have a wealth of information as to attorneys in your area that handle such cases. I would suggest you check each site out and you will surely find a great number of attorneys that meet your needs. Pick a few to meet with in person so that you can thoroughly explain your situation and then retain the one that you feel can best represent your interests.
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