What are Bond Conditions?

What are Bond Conditions?

When one is arrested and put in jail, that person is typically allowed the right to release on bail. Bailing someone out of jail requires posting the payment, or putting up collateral, required for release, and following certain conditions set forth by the judge and court, known as bail or bond conditions, or conditions of release. What are bond conditions? These are pre-trial conditions of bond that you must adhere to while released and awaiting court appearances.

Bond conditions are set to serve two primary purposes. The first is to ensure the defendant shows up for all court appearances. The second is for the protection of the community. Judges and courts have considerable leeway in determining what the conditions should be to safeguard these purposes.

Depending on the type and seriousness of the charges, standard pre-trial bond conditions may include:

  • No further violations of the law
  • No contact with the alleged victims or witnesses
  • Compliance with travel restrictions
  • No weapons possessions
  • Maintain or seek employment
  • Compliance with reporting to an official or supervision
  • Wearing of a monitoring device
  • Informing the court of any changes in address or work status

Violating bond conditions is technically known as “bail-jumping”, even if the condition violated has nothing to do with fleeing the jurisdiction. A violation can result in revocation of bail, forfeiture of any money put up for bail, and possible jail time. Again, the judge has the final word and he or she will determine the penalty based on the seriousness of the violation.

If you are charged with a crime and are offered bail, ensure you completely understand the bond conditions you are required to follow. Do not hesitate to ask for clarification on any of the conditions to ensure you do not mistakenly violate one. While the court has latitude in setting bond conditions and doling out penalties for violating them, it is best to steer clear of violations by understanding what bond conditions are, and how they apply to your daily life while out on bail.

For more information from a trusted, experienced, and respected bail bond agent, Dennis Blackwell Bail Bonds is available 24 hours a day to answer your questions at (719) 390-3930.

Colorado Bail Bonds Basics

Colorado Bail Bonds Basics

Bail is a security, that may or may not include monetary conditions, deposited with the court by a defendant as a guarantee he or she will be present for all of their court proceedings during pretrial release. Except for murder and certain violent crimes, most defendants charged with a crime are eligible for bail, allowing them to avoid being detained while waiting for trial and other court dates.

Changes in Bail Bonds In Colorado

In 2013, the Colorado legislature enacted new laws concerning a pretrial system that moves away from the use of money for bail and towards individual determinations and the use of evidence-based predictors. The shift in bail bond rules is due in part to research that the use of secured money bonds does not add to court appearance or public safety rates. With research, data, and analytics allowing for the development of pretrial risk assessment tools that better predict successful pretrial release, the move from a “gut instinct” based bail setting system to a scientific and objective based system furthers the criminal justice system’s goals of increasing public safety and reducing crime.

Through research and data, the development of the Colorado Pretrial Assessment Tool (CPAT) provides guidance to judges for setting bail by identifying which defendants are most likely to be a threat to public safety or fail to appear for a court date during the pretrial period. CPAT takes into account twelve factors identified as the most statistically significant in predicting an individual’s success on pretrial release.

The 2013 change in laws about bail bonds in Colorado allows for a more equitable determination of bail, reducing the unnecessary detainment of a defendant because he or she may not have the financial resources to meet a monetary bail condition. By looking at the individual defendant’s overall situation and applying the CPAT, courts may avoid unnecessary pretrial detainment, which is beneficial to the system overall.

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Bail Jumping : Think Before You Jump

Bail Jumping : Think Before You Jump

Before you think about skipping bail and heading for the hills, there’s a few things you should be aware of. First off, bail jumping is a serious offense that can result in a number of actions, as well as legal and financial consequences.

But first, let’s define what this evasive act is. Bail jumping is the act a person who is released on bail commits when they fail to appear for their court date with the intent of avoiding a trial, possible conviction, and sentence.

When someone jumps bail, they have committed two acts. The first is defying a court order. The second is a breach of contract with the bail bonds company used to secure their bail. In the first instance the court can issue a warrant for their arrest, file a contempt of court charge, and tack on additional charges. The additional legal consequences depend on many factors, including the nature of the charges, prior convictions, prior court appearances, and stability in the community. The DMV can also suspend the defendant’s license until the warrant is cleared.

Regarding the contract breach, bail money or assets used as collateral to secure someone’s release will be forfeited. Or, in other words, if you’ve co-signed and put up bail money or a car as collateral for a loved one, you could lose that money or property if the defendant is not brought back to court or into custody within a certain amount of time. There are other financial costs you may be liable for if you put up bail for someone that jumps. Those costs include expenses incurred by the bail bonds company as a result of bail jumping, such as investigation fees to find the defendant, attorney fees, and other expenses incurred by the bail bond agent.

Bail jumping is a serious offense with serious consequences. Missing a court date for a legitimate reason or a mix-up with court dates that results in a missed court appearance is one thing, and can usually be remedied with some communication with the bail bonds agent and court, additional paperwork, and explanations. Missing a court date with the intent of avoiding trial, convictions, and sentencing is another, more critical, matter. Make sure you, if facing a bail situation, or your loved one, if you are putting up the bail, understand the consequences involved with the act of jumping bail.

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Holidays See An Increase in Arrests

Holidays See An Increase in Arrests

It is an unfortunate fact of life that the holidays see an increase in arrests every year. This is a volatile time of year for many people, and for some there is an emotional element that makes it difficult to get through the festivities without overindulging. This may be a result of depression or sadness over the loss of a loved one, job loss, illness, or separation from friends and family. Sometimes this overindulgence results in an arrest, especially when far too many people get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol. It’s good to know what to expect and how to handle it if this happens to you or a loved one.

In most cases, the start of the holiday season is considered to be Thanksgiving, which is the most traveled weekend of the year. The season continues through New Year’s weekend. During this time, police departments across the country beef up patrols, and arrests for driving under the influence reach their highest. Many states conduct campaigns during this time frame to make the public aware of drunk driving and its consequences.

One of the best safeguards against a DUI is simply not to drink when you have to drive; the other is to have a designated driver before attending any function where you plan to drink, or plan on taking a cab or Uber. Getting a DUI at any time of year is a serious matter that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Drunk driving charges can come with severe criminal penalties, but even supposedly minor offenses can make a major dent in your wallet. In Colorado, the average cost of a DUI is $10,270.

Consequences of driving under the influence can cost you both time and money, not to mention possible disruption of your future plans. If the worst happens and you find yourself arrested and in need of bail in Colorado, call Dennis Blackwell Bail Bonds for help. Conveniently located within walking distance to the El Paso County jail in Colorado Springs, you can call on Dennis Blackwell Bail Bonds for immediate service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For information on visitation rules for the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center (CJC), Colorado Springs, check out this page. You can reach the offices of Dennis Blackwell Bail Bonds at (719) 390-3930. The friendly staff will be happy to walk you through the process when you need bail bonds in Colorado.

What to Do When Your Loved One Gets Booked in Jail

If you have a friend or loved one who has been arrested, you may not know how to find out where they are booked in jail. To find a person who has been arrested and booked into jail, you can go to the Colorado Department of Corrections Offender Search and input information such as the person’s first and last name, date of birth, and gender to search for them in the system. If you have a six-digit DOC number (an identification number assigned by the Department of Corrections), you can also input this number to locate someone. This is the primary means by which the department identifies offenders.

You can also search for someone and look up criminal and arrest records in El Paso County by using the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office inmate locator. Simply input the first and last name of the person you’re searching for, and choose Colorado in the drop down menu of states, and press the “search” button.

Another way to search for someone in the El Paso County area is to use the El Paso County jail inmate search function provided on the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department’s website. To use this function you will need a last name and booking number to find an inmate. If you have difficulty locating someone, call the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center at (719) 390-2000 or the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office booking desk at (719) 390-2151.

If you or a loved one ever have a need for bail money and you do not have the resources to raise the cash on your own, you may need a professional bondsman. For the best bondsman, Colorado Springs residents call Dennis Blackwell Bail Bonds, the premier bail bond agency serving Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and the entire United States. For over 24 years they have offered a fast, reliable service for people who need a trustworthy bail bond agency.

Conveniently located within walking distance to the El Paso County jail in Colorado Springs, when you need El Paso County bail bonds, you can call on Dennis Blackwell Bail Bonds for immediate service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The friendly staff will be happy to walk you through the process and help discover what you need. You can reach the offices of Dennis Blackwell Bail Bonds at (719) 390-3930.