There are many reasons why bailing someone out of jail is a good idea. They can continue to show up for work, attend classes, or tend to family obligations while they await their court date. However, there are a few things that can cause someone’s bail to be revoked and land them back in custody. Here are a few of the common mistakes that can land you back in jail.
Depending on a person’s prior criminal history (if any), and what they are being charged with, it’s possible that, as a condition of bail, the arrestee needs to abstain from alcohol consumption while they are released from custody. Generally, only those with charges involving drugs or alcohol (such as DUIs) face abstinence as a condition of their bail. In these cases, a person is sometimes subjected to drug and/or alcohol tests to ensure their compliance with the terms of their bail. If either substance is found in their bloodstream, they may end up back in jail as a result.
Meeting Certain People
Another mistake that can get you sent back to jail is to continue meeting socially with certain people. If someone else is out on bail with whom you’re suspected of committing a crime, a judge may order you to refrain from meeting with that person (or group of people) while you are out on bail. These conditions are often associated with gang-related charges, and defendants are often restricted from meeting with their previous colleagues until after their court date.
Quitting Your Job
If you’ve been eying a change of careers, doing so while out on bail is generally a bad idea. Not only does it reduce one’s income that can be used toward their defense, but it reduces a person’s ties to the community – something that is often taken into consideration when bail is being set. Generally, it’s best to keep a stable, predictable set of habits and activities while you are out on bail.