I Violated a Bail Restriction! Now What?
It’s becoming increasingly common for restrictions to be attached to bail. Not only do judges use restrictions and requirements, such as wearing a GPS monitoring system, to help lower the amount of bail they require, but they also use them to help keep the community safer and to prevent your case from becoming tainted.
Common bail restrictions include the following:
- Sticking to a strict curfew
- Not going near any witness or alleged victims connected to your charges
- Not being involved in any criminal activity.
If you’re charged with a serious computer crime, you might be banned from using a computer. We want all our clients to know that they can contact us any time they have questions about their bail restrictions.
You Are Allowed to Request a Lower Bail Amount
Ask your lawyer to find a request form to lower bail. These forms are available at some, but not all, courthouses, which is why having your lawyer get one to you is the simplest option.
Fill out the form to the best of your ability. The information you’ll need includes the following:
- Basic information about the current bail
- Your case number
- Some personal information that includes contact information, charges, and inmate number
- The reason you feel your bail should be modified
Once you’ve finished filling out the application, you simply need to turn it in. Sometimes you’ll have an address to mail it to. At other locations, your lawyer will have to bring it to the courthouse.