Revoking a bail bond is something no one wants to see happen. After all, in the simplest of terms, it means you or your loved one are going back to jail. But it can, and does, occur. You can avoid it if you know the ground rules going in. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the five main causes. Let’s not waste another minute. Freedom may depend on it.
Revoking a Bond Cause No. 1: Failure to Appear
Several movies and an entire TV show about a bounty hunter named Dog were based on the concept of the fleeing suspect. You don’t want to be “that guy” (or girl). For starters, it means you’ll be heading to jail immediately. Secondly, it indicates you’re a flight risk in the event of future charges. Once you’re seen as at-risk, good luck ever becoming bail-eligible again.
No. 2: Indicating a Failure to Appear
Many don’t realize this, but it’s possible to have bail revoked by the mere act of considering fleeing the state or country. Of course, it’s hard to prove intent without action. That’s why authorities will be looking for things like out-of-state relatives, work schedules indicating time off, and travel-related expenses/ticket purchases. Bottom line: don’t plan any trips while you’re out on bail.
No. 3: Committing a Crime While Released
You can have every intention of making your court date and still have your bond revoked. All it takes is the commission of another crime. And it doesn’t have to be that serious of a crime, so if you plan on doing any public drinking or recreational marijuana use, you’d better think again.
All it takes is getting popped on a public intoxication charge, and you’ll be sitting in a cell with a new grouping of charges as you await the regularly-scheduled court date. Try explaining that to a boss or spouse.
No. 4: Failing to Stay Away from the Alleged Victim
If the charges you’re facing involve a victim, then you’ll need to make sure that you keep your distance for the entire interim between the arraignment and your day in court. Contacting a victim, being around them, or doing anything that might be construed as intimidation will get your bail revoked in a hurry. It also may result in harassment charges, which won’t help your case one iota.
No. 5: Trying to Contact a Witness or Jury Member
Victims are not the only people off-limits. You are not — under any circumstances — allowed to contact a witness in the case or a jury member. Doing so indicates an intent to bias the testimony or decision.
Again, no one wants to revoke a bond. But we all have an obligation to keep the rules of the bonding system while waiting for the hearing. Take these to heart, and make sure you’re acting above-board. And if you need any help making bail, give DDD Dallas Bail Bonds a call today!