There are certain terms that must be complied with when you are released on bail. This article outlines what some of these are and what is expected of you.
Contact With Witnesses
There may be people you will be required to avoid contacting, such as anyone who was injured or harmed in the incident or saw what happened. This can benefit you, as avoiding any type of contact minimizes the possibility that you could be accused of attempting to influence a witness or inadvertently confess to any wrongdoing or other related charges. However, if these people are individuals with whom you routinely interact, such as people that you work or live with, avoiding any type of communication with them may be difficult.
Your Attorney’s Role
Your lawyer is not bound by that restriction. Your attorney will be permitted to contact both witnesses and the victim directly as part of the handling of your case. He or she may also be able to intercede with the court to allow a limited degree of contact for you. Your attorney can secure permission from the presiding judge concerning contact with witnesses or with the victim and can petition the judge to have such a statement presented in court so that there is no doubt that such permission has been given.
You may be ordered to stay with someone. This person’s duty will be ensuring that you obey all terms set when you were released on bail. This person will have custody over you and will supervise your actions such that any failure to comply with bail conditions is reported to the court.
Depending on your situation and the degree of restriction imposed upon you, you may be expected to wear or keep with you a device that alerts the authorities as to your whereabouts. This might be a transmitter with a restricted range that triggers an alarm when you to travel more than a certain distance from your home. If you are not under house arrest but have been told that you are not to travel beyond a specific distance, a court-ordered GPS device may be ordered. You may be responsible for the cost of these devices if the court deems this an appropriate measure.
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