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Rules For Clients Who Make Bond 

Law Office of James G. Burke, III Sept. 22, 2022

If you are arrested for a crime and have made bond, here are several suggestions on what to do next. 

  1. Hire an attorney. Your attorney can advise you about the conditions of your bond, as well as the specifics of your case. 

  1. Calendar your court dates. Failure to appear in Court will result in an attachment for your arrest and the forfeiture of your bond. 

  1. Refrain from criminal conduct. Any new arrest can result in a Judge revoking your bond. 

  1. Unless you have a prescription, refrain from using any narcotic drug. A Judge can drug test you when you appear for court. If you test positive for a narcotic, your bond can be revoked. Bring your prescriptions to your court appearances in case you are drug tested. 

  1. Arrive to Court on time. A Judge can impose a monetary fine, sentence you to jail for contempt of court or potentially revoke your bond if you arrive late. 

  1. Dress nice for Court. People judge you by your appearance. Dressing nicely may result in the Court forming a more favorable opinion you, which may result in a lesser sentence. Conversely, if you dress poorly, a Court may form an unfavorable opinion of you and give you a harsher sentence.  

  1. Be polite to the Court.  

Follow these rules, your counsel’s advice, and any problems you might face in regard to your bond will be minimized.