Illinois Criminal Defense Blog

Monday, October 19, 2015

What is a Bond Violation?

If you’ve been accused of a bond violation, you may feel that you’ll be better off working with a Chicago criminal defense attorney who can represent you in court while preserving your rights. Many people feel this way, particularly in light of the fact that a bond violation can result in extremely harsh punishments.

What is a Bond Violation?

After an arrest, many people are allowed to give the state money to get out of jail. The money is held as a sort of “insurance” to guarantee that the person will return to go to court. In many cases, bond comes with certain conditions, which can include:

  • Checking in with a probation officer
  • Staying away from certain locations
  • Staying away from certain people
  • Steering clear of further legal trouble

The consequences of violating bond conditions can include being arrested and taken back to jail.

Sometimes the judge will allow the person to bond out of jail again; in other cases, though, the judge won’t grant any more chances.

What Should You Do if You Are Arrested for a Bond Violation?

Remember that you don’t have to talk to police. You have the right to remain silent, and even if you are innocent, it’s often a good idea to use that right.

You also have the right to speak with an attorney. Because bond violations can carry serious penalties, including incarceration, it may be a good idea for you to get in touch with a lawyer who can preserve your rights.

If you have been accused of a bond violation, call us at 847-920-4540 or get in touch with us online. We may be able to help you after investigating the circumstances of your case. If there is an innocent explanation for your bond violation, or if you did not commit a bond violation, we can help ensure that your side of the story comes out.


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