While getting arrested and charged with a crime is scary enough, things can worsen for you if you are not careful. If you have been formally charged and released on bail, it is important to understand that your actions can greatly impact your defense and the final outcome of your case.
Here are three mistakes you need to steer clear of while out on bail:
Traveling without the consent of the court
It is not uncommon for the bail terms to restrict your travel. Most often, you will need written consent from the court and your bail agent before you can travel out of the state or the country. Sometimes, even with the court’s consent, your bail agent may prohibit you from traveling.
Traveling without the consent of both the court and your bail agent can lead to the revocation of your bail, and this could lead to your incarceration for the remainder of your trial period.
Contacting your accuser
It is not uncommon for the accused person to attempt to contact their accuser with the goal of clearing things out. This is a serious mistake that can land you in trouble as this may amount to an attempt to defeat justice.
Is your accuser is reaching out to you? You still can get into trouble for responding. Cease all contact and communication immediately.
Missing your court date
Regardless of the charges you face, never miss your court date. Doing so may amount to contempt, and the consequence would be immediate revocation of your bail. If something has come up and you are unable to attend court, be sure to communicate this in advance through your legal representative.
When you’re facing a serious criminal charge, bail can help you get back to your life and better participate in your own defense. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney to learn more.