When you face arrest for a crime, it can be difficult. Fortunately, the bail bond process makes it easy to get out of jail quickly. What though, should you do when you finally get released? Here’s what you should – and shouldn’t – do while out on bail.
What You Should Do While Out on Bail
Appear in Court as Scheduled
Probably the most important thing you can do while out on bail is to appear in court when you are supposed to. When you are released on bail, you agree to meet the terms of the bail bond agreement. One of these terms is the requirement to make all scheduled court appearances. In exchange for making these appearances, you get to stay at home with your family - not in a jail cell. Sounds like a pretty fair deal, right? Failure to meet these conditions, however, will result in the revocation of your bail and you will go back to jail.
Contact Your Bail Bond Agent If You Miss a Court Appearance
One of the conditions of bail is making all scheduled court appearances. Unfortunately, sometimes life happens, and people miss court dates. If this happens to you, it is essential that you call your bondsman right away. When you let your bondsman know you missed a court appearance, they can help reschedule your appearance and explain your absence. This communication can help you stay out of jail and meet all future conditions of your bail.
Notify Relevant Parties of an Address Change
Things change and everyone understands these changes happen. If you change residences, however, you must notify your bail bond agent immediately. The same applies for changes to your employment or telephone number. Your bail agent always stays on top of scheduled court appearances, so if you fail to notify them, you may miss your next court date, resulting in loss of bail and a return to jail.
What You Shouldn’t Do While Out on Bail
Break the Law
This advice is a no-brainer. Do not break the law in any way when out on bail. When you obey the law, you avoid illegal situations which will result in your arrest and being held without bail.
Avoid Drugs or Alcohol
Like criminal acts, you must avoid both drugs and alcohol while out on bail. If you have a problem with substance abuse, your agent, or a community group can help steer you towards Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.
If you skip bail, the court will issue a warrant for your arrest, and a bail enforcement officer (also known as a bounty hunter) will be sent to locate you. Also, if a family member posted collateral for your release, they will likely lose these items or money.
Call Blandon Bail Bonds Today
At Blandon Bail Bonds we understand the stress of going to jail. That’s why we make our process quick and straightforward! We work with you to make sure you get the help you need – FAST! If someone you love is arrested, make sure they get the help they need as quickly as they can. Call Blandon Bail Bonds today at 305-597-4595.
Posted on Wed, May 1, 2019
by Marlon Blandon