The Eighth Amendment of the Constitution states that excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
However, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution permits holding a defendant without bail pending a criminal trial, stating no absolute right to bail exists.
If you have been arrested for a crime that is serious enough to require a bail hearing — instead of being released on your own recognizance — being afforded bail means you must honor the terms of that legal agreement, or risk being re-detained until trial.
At Lotze Mosley LLP, our criminal defense attorneys in Washington D.C. and Maryland have a few tips for maintaining your freedom in between court appearances when you have been released on bail.
DO NOT Have Another Police Encounter
If you have been released from jail on bail, it is crucial that you remain on your best behavior while your case unfolds and through its resolution.
If you are apprehended by the police for committing any type of offense, including domestic arguments or driving offenses like a DUI or reckless driving, the judge may revoke your bail, which will mean that you will have to remain in jail until your court date.
DO NOT Leave Town
People are generally only released on bond when there is enough compelling evidence to determine that they are not a public safety threat or likely to flee.
If you have a valid purpose for leaving town, talk with your attorney and bail bondsperson about the circumstances surrounding your need to travel for any reason.
Chances are, you should stay put.
DO NOT Miss Your Court Date
Missing any of your scheduled court dates can result in serious consequences.
Being released on bail while awaiting trial comes with the understanding that you will continue to appear for all your court dates until your criminal case is resolved.
If you miss a court date, a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest.
Once you are detained, you typically will not be granted bail again. You will remain in jail until your scheduled court date.
Partner With An Experienced Criminal Law Firm To Get All Your Case Questions Answered
If you are facing serious criminal charges in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our Washington criminal defense attorneys at Lotze Mosley, LLP today by calling (202) 393-0535 to discuss your case and how we can help you build a strong defense to minimize the legal consequences you are facing.