What to do when you’re Out On Bail
While being out on bail is certainly more liberating than spending months locked in a tiny jail cell, it’s also not the same as being able to do whatever you want. There are a few rules you have to follow while you’re out on bail.
Court Appearances Aren’t Optional
The biggest rule you must follow is that court appearances are mandatory. Attending each and every court appearance must be the biggest priority in your life when you’re out on bail. Missing a single one is a massive violation. Not only will you be charged with failure to appear, but bail will also be revoked and you’ll be returned to jail.
Be a Model Citizen
It’s important that you’re on your absolute best behavior while you’re out on bail. One of the rules is that you’re not allowed to be near any criminal activity while free on bail. This means not doing anything that will attract police attention. If you have friends who are known to the police or who routinely encourage you to engage in less-than-ideal behavior, you’ll need to neglect them, at least until your court case is settled.
Your Travel Will Likely Be Restricted
The biggest concern everyone has when it comes to bail is that the defendant will disappear or flee. One of the best ways the system has to prevent that from happening is by putting you under travel restrictions until the resolution of your case. If you need to travel out of the county you will need to check with both the court and your bail bondsman. In addition to knowing where you’re going, they’ll want to know how long you’re going to be gone, why you need to travel, and precisely when you’ll be home.
Some people are put on such tight travel restrictions that they have to wear a GPS monitor while they’re out on bail.
These are the main conditions of bail. It’s possible that the judge will put additional limitations on you. Pay careful attention to what the judge says during your bail hearing. If you have any questions, your bail bondsman will be happy to provide answers.