It’s a fact of life that winding up in jail is a frustrating experience. When someone is arrested and put through the booking process he is left with two choices, he either remain there until he is set free or posts a bail. Usually, he chooses the latter. Most crimes are bailable; the defendant can pay the bail in cash directly to the court. On the other hand, if the defendant can’t afford to pay the full sum, he can hire a bail bond agency and pay them a fraction of the bail amount.
In either case, the court releases the defendant once the bond is paid. Furthermore, the court put limitations on bailed out suspects such as the ban on traveling, avoiding contact with the alleged victims or witnesses. In legal circles, these restrictions are known as “conditions of release.” If the defendant violates these terms, the court order re-arrest and put him back in jail.
So, what are these rules? What is the in-depth analysis of the laws? What are the best practices for the bailed-out defendant? That is the topic of this article.
The 13 Laws of Being Out on Bail
- The defendant must stop abusing drugs and\or alcohol; The court might order the defendant to seek professional help from organizations like Alcoholic Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Such groups are free to join, and they offer moral support for the accused. Furthermore, they increase the chances of the bailed-out individual to have a strong position in his trial.
- The suspect must “obey all laws” and avoid committing additional crimes. The court orders the defendant to be more aware of his associations and how he behave in public. The court expects the defendant to act in a way that is helpful to the community.
- Usually, the court orders the defendant to maintain employment and go to school. Therefore, the suspect must get a job if he doesn’t have one. The court also might require the defendant to go back to school.
- The court may restrict the connections that the respondent makes. As an example, he must refrain from contacting other defendants in the same case, alleged victims, or witnesses. It is conceivable that the court will order re-arrest if the suspect break this rule. So, the defendant must avoid contacting the wrong people.
- In violent offenses, the court might decide that it is best for the accused to join anger management groups. It would be in the best interest of the defendant if he did it on his own. For the accused to remain free, he must attend the anger management groups.
- Sometimes, the court compels the suspect to go back to custody for short hours during the day, or otherwise show up at the police station. Moreover, the defendant needs to remain in contact with the court officials and keep them updated. Furthermore, the suspect is considered in the custody of the bail bond company. Hence, it is important for him to remain in touch with the bail bond company as well.
- It is also critical for the defendant to use the time in building his case. The suspect might need to seek professional legal help, tend to his family, and his job. The purpose of the bail is to give the defendant time to think about his case and find a solution.
- The defendant should never discuss his case with anybody other than his lawyer.
- Outside the police interrogation in the precinct, the suspect is not obliged to answer any questions by the police out of the context of legal questioning required by the court of law.
- The suspect must be available for the attorney and bail bond company. To answer questions that might help them to solve his problem. Communication is essential.
- It is vital that the defendant shows up on the day and time specified by the court, every time without fail. It is an essential part of his bail agreement.
- Showing respect to the court is a good sign that the defendant learned the lessons. Looking good, showing up in time, and being prepared all add up to a better position in the trial.
- While in the court, the suspect should avoid being talkative, be brief when answering the questions, and dress in appropriate attire.
In conclusion, the defendant has a chance to obey the terms of release, and he must observe them all. Every judge issues set rules that are unique to the type of crime and the nature of the accused. So, the defendant must know the rules and stay out of trouble.