There are not many things as scary as being arrested and charged with a crime. Subject to the crime in question, the court may release you on bail while awaiting your trial. Bail allows you to stay at home and carry on with your life while your case is being litigated.
However, bail comes with certain terms and conditions. And you must comply with these terms and conditions. Here are costly mistakes you need to avoid while on bail.
One of the biggest mistakes you can commit while out on bail is skipping your court date for whatever reason. Three things will happen if you skip court. First, you will automatically forfeit your bail money. Second, the judge will issue an arrest warrant against you. This means that you will spend the rest of your trial period in jail. And finally, you may be charged with contempt of court. Do not skip court under any circumstances. And if you have to, say for medical reasons; be sure to notify the court.
Traveling without informing the court
The court will often assess your flight risk before releasing you on bail. Traveling, especially out of state or the country while on bail can jeopardize your freedom. You are better off notifying the court as well as your bondsman before traveling. The last thing you want is for the court to declare you a fugitive.
If you are out on bail, it is in your best interest that you avoid any infractions that could lead to your arrest. The charges may not be related to the original offense that you are out on bail for. However, it helps to avoid actions that might lead to an arrest.
Getting released on bail is totally different from being acquitted. Knowing the mistakes to avoid while on bail will ensure that your freedom is uninterrupted during the trial period.