That sweet whiff of freedom. Stepping out from the barred up cell is a wonderful feeling. But make sure you stay out. When out on bail, there are restrictions and rules that need to be followed. These conditions are upheld by your bonding agent because they want to make sure you show up for trial and don’t end up in the same place as before. Temptations are everywhere in the “free” world, but don’t give in to them. Here are some tips to help you stay out of trouble.
Maintain a Job
If you still have your job, be grateful and continue to work regularly. And if you don’t have one at the moment, use your time wisely and apply for some. Working helps you balance your time and keeps you entertained. It reduces the risk of committing minor crimes, and it will keep your mind off the trial and hopefully offer a space where you can relax from it all.
You also need consistent income in order to pay for your defense attorney and build up the best case. Avoid struggling for money and show up regularly for work. If you continue working, it will show the courts that you are less likely to run away because of your ties to the community and your connections. It also shows that you are trying to be a productive citizen, and this can help build up your case for trial.
Avoid Drugs and Alcohol
Being under the influence can affect your decisions and lead to incidents that could have been avoided. You may become a risk taker, but that’s the last thing you want to be when out on bail. Don’t let drugs and alcohol cloud your judgement. Alcohol increases the risk of aggressive behaviors as well. About 40% of inmates were under the influence when committing their crime. So resist the urge to indulge and stay out of trouble.
Each case is different, but sometimes the judge will order you to stay within a designated area. Traveling within the state might be allowed, but always ask your bonding agent and your attorney before taking off. They know the conditions better than you will, and they will help you avoid making any mistakes.
International travel is typically never allowed. The mere fact of you being in a different country makes you inaccessible. Even if you don’t plan on running away, you could miss your court date. For example, your flight could get cancelled. And due to this uncertain time we are living in, you never know when a border may close down again.
Don’t Miss Your Court Dates
When you are out on bail, you still have to present yourself to all the hearings and court meetings. If you don’t show up, you are skipping bail. A warrant will be issued for your arrest. Any collateral you posted for the bail bond will be forfeited to the bond company and the courts. It is very important to attend your scheduled court dates, and your bonding agent will send you regular reminders to help you remember when they are.
A-EZ Out Bail Bonds Can Help
If you or a loved one is stuck in jail, give us a call. We will provide a speedy release. And once you are out on bail, we are available 24/7 to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. We will guide you in the right direction, and remind you of all of your court dates. Let us help you get your life back on track!