If you have been accused of a crime then the judge may allow you to post bail for your freedom until your case is heard. This may take several months or even more than a year, depending on the seriousness of the charge. However, the court imposes certain rules and conditions before releasing a person on bail. Violating a bail may result in serious consequences, such as having the bail revoked or a warrant for an arrest. Conditions imposed by a court may include:
- Conduct requirement:
- Court appearance:
- Dangerous weapons:
- Drugs and alcohol
- Contact restrictions:
- Location restrictions:
- Surrender of passport:
The accused is required to refrain from the crime that he or she has been charged with, as well as other criminal activities while out on bail. He or she is also required to avoid any association with felons.
The accused must appear in court on the scheduled court date(s).
The accused must refrain from possessing a firearm, using destructive devices, or other dangerous weapons.
The accused must refrain from excessive use of alcohol, or use of narcotic drugs, or other controlled substances, without the prescription of a licensed medical practitioner.
The accused is not allowed to contact the alleged victim.
The accused can be restricted from going to certain places.
The court may order the accused to stay at a certain address or within a designated area while on bail.
The accused must comply with a specified curfew. They may be required to stay at a certain address at certain times.
The accused must report on a regular basis to a designated law enforcement agency, pre-trial services agency, or other agency.
An accused person may be required to surrender a passport if he or she is considered a “flight risk