When someone is arrested and released on bail, life does not necessarily go “back to normal” for the defendant. Many of them must adhere to certain conditions while out on bail. Here are a few of the more common mistakes people make when out on bail.

Leaving the State Without Authorization

Out-of-state travel is usually not permitted when a person is released on bail. Out-of-state travel makes monitoring the defendant much more difficult, and frequently leads to skipping bail. However, life does happen, and sometimes a person needs to travel out-of-state for a personal or health-related issue. When this is the case, it’s possible to leave the state, but you must get permission first from the court. Without it, you might get rearrested.

Getting Rearrested

Getting rearrested while out on bail is a big, big problem. If you are rearrested you might face a higher bail amount for the second offense, or possibly have your bail revoked entirely and be forced to remain in custody until your court date.

To avoid rearrest, it’s important to not only be on your best behavior, but to make sure you don’t mix with others who might not be as careful with what they do.

Failing to Communicate with Your Bail Bondsman

You need to keep in contact with your bail bondsman while out on bail. Sometimes you may need to meet with your bail agent in person, while other times a phone call might do. Either way, it’s very important to communicate with your bail bondsman. It’s their job to monitor anyone they bail out of jail.

Providing False Information

Some people provide false or partial information to their bail bondsman in an attempt to obscure their history or hide their identity. When inaccurate information is discovered on bail bond application forms or other documentation, it could cause the bail bond process to slow down considerably. In some cases, it’s possible that a person’s bail is revoked altogether.