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Back In Jail: What To Know About Bail Revocations

Sitting in jail is no picnic. If you want to play an integral part in your criminal case, it's best to do so from the other side of the bars. Bail allows defendants to get out of jail as long as they agree to abide by certain conditions. Failing to do so can result in an arrest and a forfeiture of funds. Read on to learn more about the ramifications of a bail revocation.

Why is Bail Revoked?

Bail is never granted lightly. When it is offered, the defendant agrees to meet certain conditions or face an arrest. Those arrested for violating bail conditions may find it difficult, if not impossible, to be offered bail ever again. Bail might be revoked for the following reasons:

Failing to Appear (FTA) – When you sign the bail agreement, you should be prepared to show up for all subsequent court dates. When you don't, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. You must remain in jail for your future court dates. The FTA is considered a separate charge and carries with it its own fines and punishments.

Committing More Crimes – Another important facet of being out on bail involves staying on the right side of the law. If you are charged with a crime while out on bail, your bail is immediately revoked. It should be noted that it is not necessary to be convicted of that crime you are accused of committing while out on bail to have your bail revoked.

Violating Other Conditions – Bail can carry with it other conditions and failure to abide by them will result in an arrest. Some of those conditions include having to check in with law enforcement periodically, carrying weapons, associating with known felons or criminals, staying away from alleged victims, and more.

Losing Your Bail Money

Not only can you be jailed, but you may also lose the money you had to put up for bail in the first place. This is known as bond forfeiture. Money or property can be turned over to the courts with bail forfeitures.

Mitigating Reasons

In some instances, the punishments for not fulfilling the terms of the bail agreement can be reduced or eliminated. If the defendant has a compelling reason for not appearing or for any other violations, the court will consider being lenient. Some common excuses include:

  • Hospitalizations and illness that can be proven.
  • Being unable to attend the court date due to situations beyond the defendant's control.
  • Being unaware of accidental violations. For example, if the defendant accidentally ended up in the grocery store at the same time as the victim they were ordered to have no contact with, it might be excusable.

Be sure to discuss and understand bail conditions with your criminal defense lawyer today.