Friday, June 16, 2017

What to Know About Traveling While Out on Bail

Run-ins with the law have a habit of occurring at inconvenient times. Once bail is secured and a person is released from jail, that person is permitted to return to their everyday life. However, while out on bail in NC, many people question whether or not they are permitted to travel.

The reality is that there is no law that states someone who is out on bail cannot travel. However, a court can choose to set certain stipulations to those out on bail. That could mean that a defendant is denied permission to leave the country or state.

The first thing to consider is the seriousness of the charges. Those who are facing more severe criminal charges may have travel restrictions placed upon them because they may be viewed as flight risks.

Those who are released on federal bond typically find their travel restricted because of the nature of their crimes. In those instances, there is the possibility of obtaining an exemption, but that would require a request usually filed by an attorney. If a family member should become ill or some type of specialized medical attention is needed, special arrangements can be made.

People who have a previous history of not showing up for court dates may also find their right to travel denied. Some defendants are even asked to turn in their passports to the court while they are out on bail. A defendant’s history often determines any travel restrictions.

Lesser crimes generally do not prohibit interstate travel, although it is a good idea to ask your bail bondsman or attorney before leaving the state. Some states will order defendants to forfeit their bond if they are caught leaving the state. Asking a bail bondsman questions about travel is recommended during the initial part of the process.

When it comes to taking an actual flight, it is a good idea to have an official court document verifying that you are permitted to travel. This could prevent any issues and keep a defendant from landing back in jail. Bail bonding services are capable of contacting the court and helping defendants continue with travel plans.

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