What to Do in Between Posting Bail and Your Court Date
You've posted bail, and you're waiting for your court date to arrive. What happens next? Here are some things you can do between posting bail and your court date to help get a positive outcome in your case.
FOLLOW YOUR CONDITIONS OF RELEASE
It's important to follow whatever conditions of release you were given after posting bail. If you don't follow those conditions, you could violate your bail bond contract and end up back in jail. Be sure to pay attention to reporting requirements, including information you need to provide to the court and when you should check in with your bail bond agent. You may also be facing restrictions on travel, so be sure to pay attention to where you are and are not allowed to go.
Make sure you know the date and time of your next court appearance, and set reminders in your phone or leave yourself a note in a visible location so you won't forget. Missing your court appearance will cause you to lose your bail money and return to jail.
HIRE AN ATTORNEY
An attorney is familiar with the law and the ins and outs of navigating the court system, and this knowledge can be essential in helping you get the best outcome possible in your case. When choosing an attorney, consider selecting someone who makes you feel comfortable when discussing your case, has experience working on similar cases, and has the time to devote to your case.
FOLLOW ALL LAWS
While you're waiting for your court date, it's important to obey all laws so you won't find yourself in trouble again before your first case is even sorted out. If you have a job, make sure you report to work on time and behave respectfully while you're working. Follow traffic laws while you're driving, and avoid engaging in activities that could result in an arrest.
PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD IN COURT
On the day of your court hearing, be sure to dress professionally. Demonstrate good hygiene — wash and brush your hair, take a shower, and wear clean clothes. Arrive at the courthouse a little early so you have time to get checked in and find the location of your hearing. Being late will make a poor impression on the judge.
If you or someone you know needs help posting bail, call an agent at Bad Boyz Bail Bonds at (225) 229-7218. We are here to help you 24/7.