Jeff Downer When a judge determines the amount of a bail bond they often impose other conditions of release. Such conditions can, among many things, include:
- Electronic monitoring
- Drug and alcohol testing
- Substance abuse counseling
- No contact orders
Violating these conditions can and will result in the the revocation of bond and awaiting trial in jail.
Consider this incident reported in the American Bar Association Journal during a bond hearing in suburban Chicago. It seems the defendant had violated the court ordered curfew by 22 minutes. The judge increased the defendant’s bond from $2,000 to $75,000. While protesting the judge’s decision the defense attorney was found to be in contempt, eventually being held in custody and fined $1,000.
Many judges don’t play around and in this instance a seemingly innocuous case of poor time management snowballed into some major courtroom drama. The moral of this story? If you want the the judge to like you (or you want the judge to like your lawyer), read and follow directions.