I am out on bond. If I appear alone at arraignment and plead not guilty can my bond be revoked if I am in compliance

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I am out on bond. If I appear alone at arraignment and plead not guilty can my bond be revoked if I am in compliance

Been on bail for 8 weeks an in compliance

Asked on November 25, 2016 under Criminal Law, Nevada

Answers:

Bruce Provda / Provda Law Firm

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The short answer: yes.
 
The longer answer: yes and no.
 
Your question, while legitimate and frequently asked, is impossible to answer based on the information provided. It’s like finding an answer to the question, “How long is a piece of string?”
 
You need to carefully look at the contract you signed when you got the bond. The document will let you know your obligations as well as any penalties for failing to meet those obligations.
 
 The purpose of a bond is to ensure a defendant keeps all scheduled court dates.  If you are anywhere, other than the assigned courtroom, on their scheduled court date, you will forfeit the amount of bond as indicated in your contract.
 
<a href="http://247bailbondslv.com/bail-bonds-101/will-i-get-my-bail-money-back/">In Nevada</a>, as in most states, in the event of a skipped court appearance, the bond is said to be in default. Not only are you at risk of losing the money you put up, you are also at risk of losing any collaterial you may have used to secure the bond. This could be our house, car or other possessions.
 
If you don't keep the court date, most states send a notice to the individual who posted bond, letting them know the accused failed to appear and the bond is in default. Often there is a grace period to make things right, but the grace period is given at the court’s sole discretion. If the individual still doesn’t show at court, a bench warrant for their arrest will be issued.
 
A statutory period — usually 90 days — will allow you to turn yourself in and take your bond out of default status. 
 
If everything fails, the cash or collateral you put up will be forfeited. You won’t see your money returned — no matter the situation.


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