What to Do (not to do) While Out On Bail

You must make all court appearances that are scheduled in your case until the case is finally decided by a plea, a jury trial, or a dismissal; if convicted you must also appear in court for sentencing.

When you are released from jail on bail, and for the duration of your case, you must notify this office within 24-hours of any change(s) of your residence, telephone number or employment. This is especially important so we can contact you if the court changes your next court date, etc.

While on bail you may be asked to check in with our office, in person or by phone, on a regular basis. Please make certain that you check in as directed. If you forget or cannot check in as schedule, call us as soon as you realize you missed a check-in.

If you don’t know your next court date, please call our office immediately so we can check with the Court and advise you of when you need to be there.

If you miss a court appearance for any reason, call us immediately (or have someone call us for you) so we can inform the Court of the mistake and get you back on calendar before warrant issues for your arrest.

If you are arrested for another offense, in this or another county, please call us immediately so we can make sure an arrest warrant doesn’t get issued for you in this case.

You should

  • Stay clean and sober; if you need help, we have a schedule of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings, seven days a week… just ask.
  • Practice ‘self-protection’ while you’re out on bail, obey all laws and don’t put yourself in situations where you could come to law enforcement’s attention.
  • Do everything you can to keep full-time employment; judges really take jobs into consideration. Going to school is a plus too.
  • If you were arrested because you were hanging out with certain people, stay away from them if it could happen again.
  • If you’re charged with a crime involving violence, consider going to an ‘anger management’ class, voluntarily; the judge will notice.
  • Be honest with your attorney and work with him or her every way you can; you’re both on the same team and need to work together.
  • The people who guaranteed (cosigned) your bail bond are a major reason you’re out of jail; keep in touch with them regularly and look to them for emotional support… they’ve already come to your aid once.
  • If you have any questions about your obligations to the Court or this office please call us, we are here to help you through this difficult time and process.

And Remember…

  • Don’t talk to people about your case – it can hurt you.
  • Don’t contact the victim, in person or by phone.
  • Don’t talk to investigators unless your attorney is present.
  • Make yourself available to your attorney whenever he or she wants to talk to you.
  • Be at the courthouse at least 30-minutes before your appearance; don’t be even a minute late.
  • When you go to court, dress nicely and look your best; showing respect is important.
  • Be polite in Court; don’t talk, chew gum, wear a hat, etc.