If someone contacted you and asked you to bail them out of jail and they're in for a domestic violence charge due to abusing their spouse, you need to make sure you know every condition of their release before you bail or bond them out of jail. Here are several examples of the pre-trial conditions typically given to people who are arrested for spousal abuse and seeking bail.
No Contact With the Victim
A common condition of bail is to not have any contact with the victim. The victim may also petition the court for a protection from abuse order or a restraining order. However, even without an additional order, violating this condition of the bail would mean a warrant would be issued for their arrest. Additionally, this no-contact condition of the bail means they cannot go to their marital home for any reason. However, you may be permitted to pick up clothing and necessities, depending on local and state laws. This is something to discuss with the arrestee's lawyer and not with the victim.
The Arrestee Will Need to Notify the Authorities of Their Whereabouts
Another condition that is common in pre-trial releases is for the arrestee to notify the authorities as to where they will be while waiting for their hearings and the trial, particularly where they will reside since they won't be allowed to stay in their home. If they want to stay in another county while waiting for the next hearing or trial, they will need to inform the authorities in both counties, such as the parole officer, sheriff, police department, and magisterial district court.
You May Need to Supervise the Arrestee & Keep Them In Your Custody
Depending on the serious nature of the charge and whether or not the individual has a criminal history, you may be required to supervise the arrestee at all times while they are released on bail — as part of the conditions of the bail. If you are not prepared to keep the person in your custody and to report any violations to the police, you put yourself at risk of losing the money you put up to bail out or bond out the arrestee. However, you may have the ability to have that condition modified by the court if it's not feasible for you to be with the arrestee the entire time.
To learn more about how spousal abuse relates to bail bonds, contact a legal company.