- Failure to appear: Failing to appear in court for scheduled hearings or proceedings is a direct violation of the bond. The court relies on the individual's presence as a condition of their release.
- Committing new offenses: Engaging in criminal activity while on bond is a significant violation. This includes being arrested for a new crime, even if unrelated to the initial charge.
- Travel restrictions: Bond conditions may include restrictions on travel. Violating these restrictions by leaving the designated area or traveling without permission can be considered a violation.
- Contact with victims or witnesses: In cases involving victims or witnesses, the court may impose a "no-contact" provision as part of the bond conditions. Initiating contact or attempting to intimidate or influence these individuals can lead to a violation and possibly new criminal charges being filed.
- Failure to comply with orders: Violating court orders, such as restraining orders or protective orders, is a violation of the bond conditions. Violating a restraining or protective order can also lead to new criminal charges being filed.
- Substance abuse or alcohol violations: If the court has ordered the individual to abstain from alcohol or drugs, testing positive for substances or failing to comply with testing requirements is a violation.
- Possession of firearms or weapons: In certain cases, individuals may be prohibited from possessing firearms or weapons as part of their bond conditions. Possessing such items can result in a violation.
- Failure to report: If the court requires the individual to report regularly to a probation officer or any other designated authority, failing to do so is considered a violation.
- Changing residence without permission: Some bond conditions require individuals to seek permission from the court before changing their residence. Failing to do so can be a violation.
- Tampering with electronic monitoring devices: If the person is under electronic monitoring, tampering with or removing the monitoring device is a violation.
It's important to note that the specific conditions of a bond can vary depending on the jurisdiction and the circumstances of the case. The court determines the bond conditions on a case-by-case basis, and violating any of these conditions can have serious consequences, including the revocation of the bond, re-arrest, and possibly new criminal charges being filed depending on the type of violation.
If you or a loved one were arrested for violating probation, call 281-546-6428 for a free consultation with the dedicated Houston criminal lawyers James Sullivan and Associates.