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When you are arrested and charged with a crime, the court may provide you the opportunity to post a bail bond to secure your release from jail while you wait for your trial. When you post bail, you'll be provided with a list of obligations from the courts. You must meet those obligations for the entire duration of time that you are out on bail. What if you need to change those requirements? Is it possible? Here's a look at some of the things that you should know about bail bonds and changing the restrictions imposed by the court.
Clarify The Guidelines
You'll be provided with the full list of requirements for your bail bond process. Make sure you understand all of the guidelines, both from the court and your bail bond agent. This includes check-in requirements, physical appearances, and any location restrictions or curfews. If your situation changes and one of those restrictions doesn't work anymore, start by talking with your bail bond agent and your attorney to be sure that you are interpreting the rule correctly. There may be some room for flexibility in the wording.
Ask The Court To Reconsider
When something changes with your situation and it compromises your ability to meet a specific restriction that was implemented for your bail release, you should talk with a lawyer about petitioning the court for modification. You'll need a formal order from the court for modification, which will typically require a lawyer's support.
Understand The Requirements
There are only a few situations where the court might actually consider modifying your bail bond requirements. Your lawyer will have to document the situation and provide support for the changes.
For example, you may need to consider a modification of a house arrest order for your work hours or an alteration in your check-in schedule because of the hours that you work and the commute. Your attorney can help you navigate the support that's needed to justify your request.
These are just a few of the things that you should know when it comes to modifying your bail restrictions. Remember that you can't make any changes to your bail agreement without something in writing from the court offering approval. Otherwise, you may be considered in violation of your bail terms. At that point, bail can be revoked, and you may be returned to jail. Talk with an attorney about your bail bond agreement and any changes you feel you might need.
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23 November 2022