What Happens If You Violate the Conditions of Your Bail?

Ever wonder what will happen if you violate the conditions of your bail? Doing so is not recommended because the repercussions would be similar to a defendant skipping bail. In either case, a judge may declare a forfeiture of your bond, and issue a warrant for your re-arrest.

Bond forfeiture

Whether you filed a cash bond or a security bond through a bail bondsman, if you break the conditions of your bail, the bond would be declared forfeited in favor of the court. This means that if you filed a cash bond, you would lose that cash bond. If a bail bondsman posted a security bond on your behalf, then the bail bondsman loses that security bond, and he will have to look to you to recover the amount of the security bond that he lost.

Going back to Jail

Yes, unfortunately, even if you don’t skip bail, if you break the conditions of your bail, a judge can issue a warrant for your re-arrest, essentially revoking the bail that was granted you, and with the practical effect of also revoking the freedom that you were granted under bail.

All this stresses the important fact that bail conditions are just as important as paying the bail itself. Remember that when bail is granted, it is usually done so at the discretion of a judge, who may determine that a defendant should only be released subject to certain conditions. Those conditions, or bail conditions, factored heavily in a judge’s decision to release a defendant from jail, so it is best not to ignore them.