When a person obtains a bail bond in Indiana, they are doing so under certain terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are mandatory, and if disobeyed, come with a long list of possible consequences. Continue reading to learn about the standard conditions of bail bonds, and how the bail bond process works.
Bail Bond ProcessAfter a person is arrested, they are taken to the county jail and booked into the system. Depending on the nature of the crime and a few other factors (i.e. jail traffic, number of staff, behavior, etc.), booking can take anywhere from one hour to 24 hours or more. While an inmate is waiting to be booked into the jail’s database, the county prosecutor and/or magistrate is setting their bond. Once their bond is set and they are booked into the system, they can post their bond and get released from custody. If they choose to use a bail bond to get out of jail, they must sign a bail bond agreement. In this agreement, a number of terms and conditions are clearly laid out, and they are required by law.
Bail Bond Agreements
After signing the bail bond contract, you (or whoever signed for you) is legally responsible for the total bond amount if the terms and conditions are not met by the offender. And if the offender fails to meet the terms and conditions of the bail bond agreement, not only can they be re-arrested and face additional criminal charges separate from their original ones, they will also face a long set of penalties from the bail bond company. This includes paying the entire bond amount, forfeiting assets, fines, and more.
Standard Terms and Conditions Include:
➩ The offender must appear for all scheduled court hearings.
➩ The offender must obey all federal and state laws.
➩ The offender cannot commit any other crimes.
➩ The offender cannot leave the city or state.
➩ The offender cannot have contact with other known criminals.
➩ The offender cannot use drugs, alcohol, or prescription narcotic medication.
➩ The offender may not possess weapons.
➩ The offender must obtain and maintain employment.
➩ The offender must follow a curfew.
Depending on your personal criminal history and several other factors, these terms and conditions can change, and include many more requirements. They also vary from company to company, and even from county to county. Talk to your bail bondsman about the terms and conditions of their specific bail bond agreement and county.