What are Bond Conditions and Do I Have to Obey Them?
Before defining what bond conditions are, let me go ahead and say “Yes, you have to obey them,” so it will begin to sink in. Bond conditions are the tiny things you must or must not do while you are out on bond. If you do not obey your bond conditions, you could be sent to jail until your case is resolved.
What are some of these things you ask? Let’s take a DWI case for example. It would not be uncommon to have a bond condition to not drink alcohol or have a monitor placed on yourself or vehicle if your blood alcohol content was high or you have a prior DWI arrest or DWI conviction (I had a client with no prior convictions but 3 DWI arrests within 2 months – judge placed interlock on his car). Also, commit no new offenses. That means if you get arrested again, the judge will revoke your bond. S/he will probably grant you a new bond but in Tarrant county, they will usually double the old bond. Not following the judge’s conditions can cause problems.
If you get caught drinking or violate the ignition interlock, you might go to jail for a weekend while your case is still pending. If we need a favor from the judge in a plea deal, your actions in violating a bond condition could have an effect on the outcome of such a request. Basically, when you get arrested, and are out on bond, lead a quiet existence until the mess is over. It is to your benefit to do so.
Mitch Miers practices Family and Criminal Defense Law in Tarrant and Dallas Counties. In the criminal realm, Mitch Miers represents those accused of driving while intoxicated (DWI), possession of a controlled substance (drugs), possession of marijuana, assault, assault family violence, theft, fraud, and other crimes.