The court sets a bail amount for the pre-trial release of the defendant. This agreement entails that the defendant will show up for all the court hearings and will keep the community safe from any harm that the accused can cause.
When the bail is being set, there are a number of factors that the court takes into account to see if any further conditions should apply to their bail or not. The nature of the offense, credibility of the evidence, financial status, and employment history are some common factors that are considered while deciding the bail amount. The defendant’s conduct also plays an important role and is judged by their previous criminal record and their previous record of attending court sessions.
Conditions Applied by the Court
The conditions may be applied by the court and the bail bond company. Some of the most common conditions applied by the court include:
- Refraining from any criminal activity,
- Keeping up with an order of no contact—the court issues this order if it has reason to believe that the defendant can cause any harm to the victim. The order is effective immediately after its issuance and applies for the entire length of the trial. If the court has specified a certain time period, then the order applies for the specified period only.
The terms in the no order contract include, but not limited to:
- Prohibition from any oral or verbal contact—this includes any contact via phone or electronic means. The suspect is to refrain from reaching out to anyone mentioned in the order. In case they have children with the victim, the court can arrange a meeting, which will be accompanied by a third person.
- Refraining from any physical or violent contact with the victim and any other names specified in the order.
- Maintaining a distance of at least 500-feet from the aggrieved party and their car, office and places they’re known to visit frequently.
- And lastly, to comply with all the conditions pertaining to the bail agreement.
Conditions Applied by the Bail Bond Agency
Defendants often hire bail bond agencies to help post their bail. To make sure the defendant does not skip any hearings—in which case the company will lose the bail amount—they apply a few conditions to the bail bond agreement.
Some of the common conditions include not leaving town for a specified duration, checking in with the bail bond company at specific intervals, and staying reachable at all times.
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