If you are facing the possibility of going to court for a criminal charge, you may be held in jail for a period of time.
A judge may offer you a bond during this time, which is the exchange for your promise to attend a court date in order to leave jail. Bonds are commonly associated with money, but may include property or even simply your word.
Changes in bond
However, some changes have been made regarding bail in recent years. The Hill discusses changes in paying for bail, including the decision to change bail for violent crimes to be cash-only.
While these changes may have certain impacts on people, some things have still stayed the same. This includes a few of the limitations that you will face when out on bond.
Restrictions while out on bond
First, you cannot commit any crimes. If you commit crimes while out on bond, you could be re-arrested and the judge may set an even higher bond this time. In some cases, they may even refuse to set a bond entirely, forcing you to sit out the wait in jail.
Next, you cannot do drugs. While out on bond, you might need to undergo various screenings for drug use or alcohol use. A judge may revoke your bond for the presence of any illegal drugs in your system, including marijuana.
Finally, you cannot stay out past your curfew if you have one. You might also have certain travel restrictions which you must abide by, such as not leaving the city or state. Failure to follow these restrictions could result in a revocation of your bond.