If you’ve been arrested for the first time, understanding the bail process can be confusing, even with the help of a Brighton bail bond agent. There are many types of bonds and each has strict rules when it comes to the law. Any violation of these rules and you risk losing the amount of your bail and your freedom. Here is, a by no means exhaustive, list of four mistakes you should avoid when posting bond.
Lying to the Bail Agency or the Court
When you’ve been arrested, you’re already facing your share of trouble. Don’t compound it and damage any credibility you have left by lying. If you are dishonest, you can be sure there will be consequences with the bail agency, the police, and the court. This isn’t limited to verbal dishonesty. Lying on paperwork for bail bonds in Brighton, such as writing down a fake address, will have repercussions as well.
Skipping Court Appearances
As soon as you miss a court appearance, you forfeit your bail as well as face additional legal consequences. The judge will issue a warning at your bail hearing and it’s important to take heed. If you don’t show up in court, you’ll not only face stiffer penalties, you’ll also cause the cosigner of your bond to lose their collateral and have to pay back the full bail amount. Why would you do that to someone who cared enough to put their neck on the line for you?
Failing to Read Bail Conditions
When a judge sets your bond, there are conditions attached that you must follow. Any violation of these conditions can lead to further charges. All bail requires that you show up at court appearances. Depending on your specific situation, you may also be banned from traveling or need to stay away from your alleged victim. If you fail to comply, the DA can tack on additional charges including mandatory jail time. Any chance at probation will be gone. Always read and understand the conditions of your bail as soon as possible to avoid accruing extra penalties.
Getting Arrested Again
If you’re out on bail, don’t risk everything by getting arrested a second time. It’s the worst thing you could possibly do before your court appearance. A second arrest can impact your previous charges, causing you to be slapped with a more aggressive sentence. You may also need a second bond and could be left with an unpaid bail bond that continues to accrue interest and fees. It’s important to be on your best behavior while out on bail.
Lucky Lucero’s Bail Bonds is a Brighton bail bond agent with experience and compassion. We’ll help get you released from jail as quickly and easily as possible. For those with no prior experience with bail bonds in Brighton, we offer both guidance and discretion. Contact Lucky Lucero’s Bail Bonds today to find out how we can help you.