If your bail or bond is revoked, the court has decided to cancel the agreement allowing you to be free while awaiting trial. The reasons for revocation might include violating the conditions set by the court when bail was granted, like failing to appear at a scheduled court date, getting arrested for a new offense, or tampering with witnesses, among others.
What usually happens when a bond is revoked:
- Arrest and Jail: Once your bail is revoked, a warrant for your arrest is usually issued. Law enforcement will take you back into custody, and you’ll likely have to remain in jail until your court date or until your case is resolved.
- Loss of Bail Money or Collateral: If you posted bail yourself, you would typically lose that money. If a bail bondsman posted bail for you, they would lose the money they posted for your bail, and they would likely take steps to recover the loss from you or any co-signers. This could involve seizing collateral you or the co-signers put up when the bail bond agreement was signed.
- Further Legal Consequences: You could face additional legal consequences depending on why your bail was revoked. For example, if your bail was revoked because you were arrested for a new crime, you’ll have to deal with the legal consequences of that crime. If your bail was revoked because you failed to appear in court, you might be charged with the crime of failure to appear, which can lead to additional penalties.
- Impact on Your Case: Revoking your bail can influence your ongoing case. It might make the court less likely to grant bail in the future or influence how the court or a jury perceives you.