Taking advantage of a bail bond following an arrest gives the individual opportunity to spend their time with loved ones, return to their jobs, as well as prepare their defense as they await trial and court dates. In case the defendant ends up going to prison, this time allows the person to make sure their personal affairs are in order. However, once the defendant bails out of jail from their arrest, there are requirements and limitations that they have to abide by that are set by the court. If these requirements and limitations are not met are abided by, the defendant could be taken back into custody until their trial, and their paid bail amount will be forfeited in addition to other consequences. Today, we at Ajua Bail Bonds would like to further elaborate on the basics of these conditions when you post bail.
Conditions of Bail Bond Process
The conditions of your bail bond are based on the specific circumstances of your situation in addition to the judge’s discretion. There are key factors that are considered such as the defendant’s criminal history, a history of substance abuse, mental health conditions, the crime committed and the details involved, and other such circumstances. Where the limitations and conditions can vary specifically to the individual, each case has general conditions that need to be followed.
Pretrial Services Check In
Making certain the defendant is upholding all of their obligations is the first bail bond condition. To ensure that the defendant is complying with the stipulations set for him or her, defendants out on bail have to appear for check-ins with pre-trial service officers, much like how some people must check in with their parole or probation officer.
Travel Restrictions While on Bail
As one of the most common and primary conditions regarding posting bail, defendants are not allowed to leave the city limits. Unless stated otherwise by the court or pretrial services officer, typically, defendants aren’t allowed to travel while they are on bail.
Seek or maintain employment While on Bail
The court requires that the defendant continues to work at their current state of employment or look for a new job if they currently unemployed while awaiting trial.
Avoid Drug & Alcohol Use when Out on Bail
The defendant will be required to refrain from using drugs and alcohol, particularly in cases where the defendant has been arrested for drugs- or alcohol-abuse related offenses.
Gun ownership is Prohibited While on Bail
Even if the crimes the defendant arrested for didn’t involve firearms, the court’s bail conditions say that the defendant cannot purchase or own firearms more often than not.
If Applicable, No Contact Orders Must Be Respected
The court commonly requires a no-contact order should the defendant be arrested for an offense such as domestic violence, criminal threats, or stalking. This indicates that the defendant is not allowed to be in contact with their alleged victims or any witnesses.
Adhere to Court Ordered Curfew, Classes & Testing
In the event the court appoints a curfew for the defendant, the individual must strictly abide by the set time.
Attend any ordered classes or testing. The individual must undergo an evaluation or drug/alcohol testing, be in attendance to any treatment or counseling, or be active in any appointed classes.