Most people have a huge feeling of relief after being released on bond from an arrest but until the case concludes, this is only the beginning of what must be done to avoid being detained again. The time between being released from jail and the hearing is extremely important in setting up a strong case to a judge but here are a few things you should absolutely avoid doing to ensure you don’t end up back behind bars.
Not complying with bond conditions
When a judge sets bond they will include rules that are also known as bond conditions that are a part of the agreement for release. These conditions vary depending on a number of factors such as what the charges are and if anyone else was involved but some common bond conditions are travel restrictions and avoiding alcohol and drugs. One of the easiest ways to land back in jail is to avoid following these rules. Whether it be not taking drug tests or missing a check-in, it’s vital that you keep up with what needs to be done to avoid not being in compliance.
Not staying in contact with your indemnitor
An indemnitor is also known as a co-signer and it’s a person who takes on a lot of risk to make sure a defendant is able to get out of jail. Because they are taking financial responsibility, it’s pretty understandable that they will want to keep tabs until the case is concluded and they are off the hook and while it may at times be annoying to feel like you’re being watched like a hawk, it’s also important to keep in communication with them because if they start to feel like they had made a mistake or begin to wonder if they are getting burned, they have the authority to pull their name from the contract or report to the bail bondsman that they have reason to believe you will flee which can end up with the bond being revoked and another warrant out for your arrest.
Suddenly quitting your job
Consistent employment is probably one of the biggest good impressions you can make to a judge while out on bond. This is because it shows not only a service to the community but also shows responsibility and commitment to staying out of trouble. On the flip side of that, suddenly quitting a job sets off many red flags. Not only does it give off a bad look in terms of looking responsible especially if it is a job that you have had for a while but it also makes you seem like you could possibly be thinking of fleeing. For this reason, you would most likely get a lot of follow-ups with concerned people such as your indemnitor and the courts to see what your plans are. Changing jobs is not inherently bad at all but it may be best to wait until after the case concludes.
Missing your hearing
The entire point of a bond is to ensure that the defendant appears to their scheduled hearing so it makes sense the absolute most important way to avoid going back to jail is showing up to court. Not appearing can not only land you back in jail but will also cause the bond to be forfeited and a high possibility that bond won’t be offered again in the future if you need it.
In the end, once you are released from jail, as long as your keep out of trouble and stay in contact with your family and the courts, most likely there will be no issues that will involve you ever having to be detained again.