You were just released from jail on bond. You finally feel relief after the intense stress of the initial arrest and the time you spent in jail. Now that you’re out you are analyzing your life and what is next for you. There were conditions placed on your bail and it’s a little confusing. What do these stipulations mean?
There is almost always some type of condition set when you’re granted a bail bond. In order to maintain your freedom during this period, defendants are often required to meet certain conditions set by the court. Failure to meet these conditions could result in being arrested again and incarceration until trial. It can also mean the forfeiture of any bail money that has been paid to secure your release. These conditions normally include that you have no more violations of the law and that you comply with their court-mandated supervisor.
There may be other conditions attached as well including:
A judge will often require that you attend classes or workshops as part of your bond conditions. These can include drug testing, counseling, anger management courses, or other behavioral classes.
To ensure that defendants attend their hearing and to keep track of defendants who are released on bond, the court often requires defendants to remain within their local jurisdiction. These travel restrictions are common and strictly enforced. The service officers may use their discretion to grant occasional exceptions, such as permitting you to visit ill relatives or keep medical appointments..
Judges often order mandatory check-ins to keep track of people released on bond. Similar to check-ins required for those on probation or parole. These appointments help the court know that the defendant is complying with all terms of release while free on bond.
There are times when a judge will restrict your contact with people the court believes you may harm. “No-contact” or “stay away” orders are often used to prevent defendants in domestic abuse cases from harming, threatening, or attempting to influence family members.
The court may ask you to maintain your current job while free on bond, or to actively seek employment upon your release. Such stipulations help to assure the courts that you are pursuing legal means to provide for yourself and your family.
Staying Clean & Sober
The court may require you to refrain from drug or alcohol use while free on bond. This stipulation typically applies to defendants arrested and charged with drug- or alcohol-related crimes. This could also require drug testing while out.
A judge may require that you surrender all firearms and refrain from purchasing new firearms as a stipulation of bail. This restriction is common and can apply to people whose charges are not gun-related.
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