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In nearly all drug trafficking cases, a judge will impose a Nebbia requirement. This means that affidavits must be filed with the court essentially sourcing the funds use to post the bond premium.

Bonds in drug trafficking cases commonly have a Nebbia requirement. This is because the court wants to be satisfied that the money used to pay the bond premium (the 10% to the bondsman) is not coming from illegal sources, such as the fruits of crime or drug sales.

A Nebbia hold may be placed upon an accused person until the Nebbia affidavit is filed and received by the court.

Nebbia affidavits may also be required by the court for other offenses that involve money laundering or the sale of illegal goods.

Eric Matheny is a Miami trafficking attorney and Broward trafficking attorney.