The Conditions That Applied to Obtaining Bail

In many jurisdictions, it is only a short time after an arrest that a judge will set bail for the case. The idea is that if the individual arrested can meet the terms of the bail, he or she can remain free until the date set for the actual trial. Since bail can be expensive, it is common for many people to obtain the services of a bonding company to provide the means to bail out of jail. As part of the arrangement, the client agrees to a set of specific conditions. Here are some examples.

Avoid Committing Other Offenses

From the time of release on bail to the appearance in court on the set date, the client is to avoid repeating any other type of offense. Depending on the jurisdiction, this will include even minor offenses such as failing to yield the right of way on a city street, or running a stop sign. If any type of legal offense is committed, that could provide the judge with grounds to revoke the bail.

Avoid Contacting Witnesses in the Case

Another condition that sometimes applies is to avoid any direct contact with people who will serve as witnesses for the prosecution. The goal is to prevent the potential intimidation or influence of the testimonies that they would provide during the trial. If any type of contact is to be made, it must be made through legal counsel and within the guidelines set by the local court.

Remain in the Area

In most cases, one of the provisions related to the bail is that the party will physically remain in the local area. Should the need arise to travel outside of the area due to some sort of emergency, the individual would seek to contact the court, outline the situation, and ask for permission to leave the area for a specified period of time. If granted, the individual must comply with any conditions the court sets, such as checking in with local law enforcement officials at the intended destination.

All these conditions will remain in place until the individual shows up for his or her scheduled court date. At that time, the terms of the bail are considered fulfilled, and the focus will now be on determining if the party is guilty of the offenses that led to the original arrest.