What Happens To The Bail Bond When You Move?

Posted on: 22 September 2020

Courts generally don't like it when defendants relocate while they're on trial for criminal cases, but sometimes it can't be avoided. If you're out on bond, though, moving to another location can cause some problems. Here are a couple of things that could happen when you permanently change where you reside.

You May Have to Transfer the Bond

Moving to another location within the same state usually isn't a problem. As long as you provide the bail bond agent and court with your new contact information, you shouldn't experience issues related to your move.

If you leave the state, on the other hand, the bail bond company may require you to transfer the contract to a local agent.

It's about how much risk the company is willing to assume in this situation. Moving out of state increases the chances you won't show up for court, which could lead to bail being revoked in your case and the bond company being forced to pay the court.

Additionally, because you live in another state, it may be harder for the bond agent to track you down, and the laws in your new state may limit what the company can do to compel you to return.

Thus, instead of dealing with those problems, the company may request that you find a bail bond agent in your new state to take over the bond. This may or may not be easy, depending on how established you are in the community. Additionally, there is usually a bond transfer fee involved.

It's essential you discuss your relocation with the bail bond company before you move so you can adequately prepare for any changes the company may require as a condition of continuing to service your contract.

The Bond May Be Revoked

As noted previously, courts don't like it when defendants move while out on bail because it increases the risk that they'll miss trial dates or disappear altogether. Thus, the judge typically imposes a release condition requiring defendants to ask permission to do any type of traveling. Your bail bond agent will also have similar language in the contract.

Failing to get the required approval may result in your bail being revoked, which can lead to other problems, such as being made to pay the full amount of the bond to the company.

It's important to read the terms of your release carefully and adhere to the conditions. Although it can be annoying to jump through hoops just to move into a new place, it's better than losing your freedom because you were sent back to jail for not complying.

For more information, contact a bail bond company.