What Happens If I Violate Bail Conditions?

Welcome back to the Affordable Bail Bonding blog — your go-to source for everything you need to know about bail bonds in Halifax. In our previous post, we reviewed seven common conditions that a judge may impose on an individual who is out on bond. We’ll recap these in today’s post and we will cover the possible repercussions that you might face if you violate one of these conditions. If you have any questions about the bail bonds process, be sure to contact a bondsman in our local bail bond agency today.

A Recap of Common Bail Conditions

The following conditions are among the most common ones imposed by judges:

  • Obey all laws
  • Obey travel restrictions
  • Maintain or seek employment
  • Abstain from drugs and/or alcohol
  • Obey a curfew
  • Do not possess weapons
  • Avoid certain places and people

The judge will consider many factors when determining which, if any, of these conditions apply to your bail including your criminal record, the nature of the charges you are facing, as well as your mental and physical health. Conditions that unreasonably interfere with your constitutional rights are invalid, so if you are concerned that your conditions are unfair, you may wish to speak with an attorney.

Possible Repercussions of Violating Bail Conditions

So, what might happen if you violate one of your bail conditions? Whether it was intentional or unintentional, it is best to let your bondsman know as soon as possible. In the end, any repercussions will be up to the judge to determine. They have the option to:

  • Issue a warning. If this is the first time you are violating a condition or if your violation is a minor infraction, the judge may choose to simply issue a warning.
  • Impose more restrictive bail conditions. The judge may add additional conditions that are more restrictive if they feel that you don’t take the current conditions seriously.
  • Issue a warrant for your arrest. A bench warrant may be issued for your arrest, which is a written order authorizing your arrest for violating your conditions.
  • Increase the amount of your bail. You may be required to pay more bail than the initial amount if you violate your bail conditions.
  • Revoke your bail and bring you back to jail. Rather than increasing your bail, the judge may revoke it altogether and bring you back to jail. This is common with second serious offenses.
  • Hold you in contempt of court. This offense is punishable by up to 10 days in prison and a $250 fine.

Need a Halifax Bondsman?

When you are searching for an experienced bondsman in Halifax, you can rest assured that Affordable Bail Bonding has you covered. We understand that you might have questions about the bail bonds process and we are here to make getting out of jail as easy as possible. That includes helping you understand the conditions placed on your bail and helping you abide by them. If you need to request a bail bond, contact our team right away. We look forward to helping you in your time of need.