What are the Consequences of Breaking Bond Terms?

When someone has been arrested for a crime, he, or she, may be released through a bail bond. A bond is a dollar amount that the judge determines an accused, or defendant, pay to be released from jail. The bond acts as security that the defendant will adhere to any bond conditions and will appear for their trial.

Bond Conditions

Besides the mandate for the defendant to appear for trial, there are other varying conditions to which a defendant will need to agree before he, or she, is released from jail. Some of those conditions may include:

  • Going to work, or if unemployed looking for work
  • Meet court-appointed supervisor at predetermined intervals of time
  • Avoiding contact with a victim of, or witness to the alleged crime
  • Not being involved in any other crime
  • Travel limitations

Results of Breaking Bail Bond Terms

If anyone of the conditions is broken, or if the defendant does not show up for their trial, various consequences may take place.

If the defendant does not show up for their trial, their bondsman may hire someone to search for him, or her. And the court may send an officer out to search for the defendant, which would lead to an additional arrest, and therefore a second offense.

If a condition is broken, dependent upon that condition and the consequence of it, the defendant could be placed back in jail and could be charged with an additional crime. This could also result in a revoking of bail, meaning the defendant or the person who posted bail or hired the bondsman, will lose the possibility of any return of their funds or collateral they put up for the bail bond.

The consequences of what could happen when a bond is forfeited can go way beyond the amount of bail money and should be avoided at all costs.

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