If you have been charged with a crime but released on a bail bond, it will be crucial for you to obey all laws and follow all conditions of the bail. If you don't, the judge may revoke the bail and order you to be returned to jail. Here are several case examples and the conditions that may be expected.
Drug or Alcohol Offense
When someone is charged with a drug- or alcohol-related offense, such as drug possession or driving under the influence, the judge needs to make sure that you won't pose any risks and that you are safe enough to be released into society. Therefore, you can expect to have conditions of release for your bail that will prevent you from using drugs and alcohol.
You will likely be required to undergo regular drug and alcohol testing, which will be done by a probation officer. These tests may be required on a consistent, pre-scheduled basis, or they may be non-scheduled. You may also be required to go to counseling, go to addiction prevention classes, or attend meetings such as those of Alcoholics Anonymous.
A charge of domestic violence will also have certain conditions that will be required. Failure to follow these conditions could cause you to go right back to jail, along with additional charges for violating the conditions. Obviously, the main condition for a domestic-violence charge will be to not have any contact with the person or persons you are accused of being violent to. Another condition that may be required is anger-management counseling.
Since many domestic-violence cases involve immediate family members, particularly co-parenting spouses, these individuals may be somewhat forced into delicate situations. However, just because someone is a co-parent does not give them any right to contact the other parent if they are charged with domestic violence against them. Fortunately, probation officers and lawyers can act as liaisons if any matter comes up that requires input from both parents, such as if a child is severely injured or needs to transfer schools.
Reckless driving, particularly excessive speeding or vehicular manslaughter, will require specific conditions as well. Again, the judge needs to be ensured that you will not pose a threat to society upon your release on bail. The conditions that will be imposed will largely depend on the circumstances of the case and the severity of the violations that you are charged with.
You can expect a condition to be that you do not get any traffic tickets, no matter how minor and insignificant they may be. If a law-enforcement officer pulls you over for a moving violation, he or she will see that you have been released on bail and what the conditions for the release were when they enter your name into the system. Therefore, a traffic ticket could be a one-way ticket back to jail. Another condition may be that you will be required to limit your driving, such as only driving your vehicle to work, to school, and to seek medical care.
Failure to Appear
A bail posted for someone who has already failed to appear for court will also have specific conditions attached. Of course, since you've already failed to appear once, you are lucky that the judge granted bail a second time. To reduce the risk that you won't appear for subsequent court dates, the judge may require you to see your probation officer on a frequent basis.
You may also be restricted to your home, work, or school. This is typically done with the use of a location-monitoring device, which could be secured to your ankle. Removing this device would also violate the conditions of the bail.
If you have any questions regarding the conditions of your bail, contact your probation officer or your lawyer immediately.