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RULE 3.691.   POST-TRIAL RELEASE

(a)    When Authorized. A defendant who has been sentenced for the commission of any non-capital offense for which bail is not prohibited under section 903.133, Florida Statutes, may be released, pending review of the conviction, at the discretion of either the trial or appellate court, applying the principles enunciated in Younghans v. State, 90 So. 2d 308 (Fla. 1956). No defendant may be admitted to bail on appeal from a conviction of a felony unless the defendant establishes that the appeal is taken in good faith, on grounds fairly debatable, and not frivolous. However, in no case shall bail be granted if the defendant has previously been convicted of a felony, the commission of which occurred prior to the commission of the subsequent felony, and the defendant’s civil rights have not been restored or if other felony charges are pending against the defendant and probable cause has been found that the defendant has committed the felony or felonies at the time the request for bail is made.

(b)    Written Findings. In any case in which the court has the discretion to release the defendant pending review of the conviction and, after the defendant’s conviction, denies release, it shall state in writing its reasons for the denial.

(c)    Review of Denial. An order by a trial court denying bail to a defendant pursuant to the provisions of subdivision (a) may be reviewed by motion to the appellate court and the motion shall be advanced on the calendar of the appellate court for expeditious review.

(d)    Conditions of Release. If the defendant is released after conviction and pending appeal, the conditions shall be:

(1)    the defendant will duly prosecute the appeal; and

(2)    the defendant will surrender himself or herself in execution of the judgment or sentence on its being affirmed or modified or on the appeal being dismissed; or in case the judgment is reversed and the cause remanded for a new trial, the defendant will appear in the court to which the cause may be remanded for a new trial, that the defendant will appear in the court to which the cause may be remanded and submit to the orders and process thereof and will not depart the jurisdiction of the court without leave.

(e)    Approval of Bond. The court shall approve the sufficiency and adequacy of the bond, its security, and sureties, prior to the release of the defendant. However, in no case may an original appearance bond be continued for an appeal.