Violating the conditions of a bond is a serious crime in the state of Illinois… but what is a bond, and what types of restrictions and conditions could you be facing?
What is a Bond?
In Illinois, the court can do one of two things when you’re awaiting trial: they can hold you in jail or they can release you upon your promise to come back to court for further proceedings.
If the court chooses to release you, they can require you to pay of certain amount of money and abide by certain conditions. The money you pay to get out of jail is typically called bail, and the court holds it until you show up to court—it’s a sort of insurance for the court that you’ll be back.
If you don’t show up to court, the court will keep your money and issue a warrant for your arrest; you’re going back to court either way, but if you’re arrested for not showing up, you’re going back to jail as well.
Most people must comply with certain conditions after they’re released from jail but before they return to court. If you don’t comply with those conditions, you could be facing additional criminal charges.
Most people accused of failure to comply with these conditions find it helpful to talk to a Rolling Meadows bond violation defense lawyer who can evaluate the situation and determine whether there’s simply been a misunderstanding (which happens more often than you think).
What Are Bond Violations?
If you fail to comply with the conditions of your bond, you’re guilty of a bond violation. Some examples of bond violations include:
- Failing to surrender yourself after a certain period of time
- Possession of a firearm
- Leaving the state without permission from the court
- Violating any criminal statute in any jurisdiction
The conditions of bond can vary from person to person, as well, so you may be required to undergo medical or psychiatric treatment, support your dependents, or observe a certain curfew.
Have You Been Accused of Bond Violation in Rolling Meadows?
If the court has accused you of violating bond in Rolling Meadows or any of the surrounding communities, we may be able to help you.
Call us at 847-920-4540 right now for a free bond violation case evaluation. We’ll look at the circumstances of your case and help you determine the best way to move forward.