Can a bail bonds revoke a bond if they want? 47 Answers as of May 30, 2013

A person is out on bond and picked up on an indictment out of another county. The bail bonds and court were notified that the defendant was detained and given a bond. The judge granted the defendant a 30 day continuance. Can the bail bonds revoke the bond after finding out that the defendant was gonna post the second bond with another bail bonds and not them?

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Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
It depends on the contract with the bailbonds company. Some say if the person picks up a new case they can raise their fee or rescind the bond.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/21/2012
Burdon and Merlitti
Burdon and Merlitti | Adam Van Ho
In theory, no. Once the bond is placed, absent some other situation, the bail bondsman should not be able to revoke his/her bond just because they are not happy with the fact you are obtaining services elsewhere on your other case. The issue will ultimately be up to the judge, however, if he/she wishes to allow the bailbondsman to pull his/her bond.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Replied: 1/23/2012
Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
To get off a bond, the bonding company must file a motion that is presented to the judge. If granted, the bonding company is off the bond and a warrant issues. There are a variety of reasons which would justify release from obligation. Obtain a copy of the motion and talk with your lawyer.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 1/16/2012
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
The bail bonds man can surrender a bond if they feel the person is not cooperating with the court or the bondsman.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 1/10/2012
Law Office of Richard Williams
Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
A bonding company can cancel a bond if they so choose and surrender the person to the jail.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 1/9/2012
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    If a bondsman finds out that a person is indicted on another crime, especially in another country, he will revoke the bond. If you negotiate the bond with him he may be willing to take the additional risk, but if it is another country he may not be able to do that. He is well within his rights to revoke the bond.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 1/5/2012
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law | Mark Thiessen
    Yes, they can do it if they think you are too risky of a bail.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 1/5/2012
    Robert Valles and Associates P.C.
    Robert Valles and Associates P.C. | Robert Valles Jr.
    The bonds company needs to request the courts permission surrender and get off a bond. The judge has to sign it, but they have to be able to explain to judge why they should be let off.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 1/5/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    Nebraska does not do "bail bonds". Bond are posted by the person or family members. If a person gets rearrested while out on bond the person who posted the bond can request that the bond be released so they can get back part of the funds they have posted. Normally there is a 10% fee.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 1/5/2012
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
    A bail bondsman can petition the court to allow the company to withdraw its bail bond. If the "indictment out of another county" is in effect a violation of the original bail conditions, the court may allow the withdrawal. If it is not a violation, the court is unlikely to allow the bondsman's petition.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 1/5/2012
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    The terms of the bail bond would be as set forth in the contract between the company and the defendant. There are probably provisions for the revocation of the bond but you would have to review the contract.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 1/4/2012
    Hammerschmidt Broughton Law
    Hammerschmidt Broughton Law | Mark A. Broughton
    I'm pretty sure that is not what happened. In the first case the judge violated the bond because of the arrest in the second case. The bail amount (amount the bondsman must post to get you released) on the first case was either raised or the judge set "no bail" as the amount. Committing another offense while out of custody on a pending case is one of the quickest ways to get thrown in jail, bondsman or no.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/4/2012
    H. Scott Basham, Attorney at Law, P.C. | H. Scott Basham
    Bail bonds are revoked by the court. I doubt that a court would consider this a valid reason.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 1/4/2012
    Law Office of Christopher G Humphrey PC | Christopher G Humphrey
    Bond may only be revoked for a violation of a condition of bond. I doubt that a condition of bond is that you use a particular bond company. If the new indictment was alleging a crime occurred while you where on bond, then that is a violation of bond an the bond may be revoked.
    Answer Applies to: Wyoming
    Replied: 1/4/2012
    Law Office of Michael Morgan, l.L.C.
    Law Office of Michael Morgan, l.L.C. | Michael Morgan
    The bail bonding company has no obligation to the court to maintain a bondthe answer to your question depends on the contract with the bonding company.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 1/4/2012
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    A bond is a contract. You would need to review the language of the contract to determine whether the bond can be can be validly can be cancelled. I hope that this as helpful.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 1/4/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    If a person is on bond fora case, and picks up a second case, on which bail is set, the Court in the first case can definitely revoke the bond in that case, as one of the conditions of bail is that the arrestee refrain from picking up another criminal case.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 1/4/2012
    Carter Boyle LLC | Michael Carter
    Generally a Bond is at will, meaning the Bonds Men has a right to revoke the bond. What a defendant can do is 1st ask for some type of notice, and then argue for a hearing. At the Hearing the Defendant can argue that the bondsman revoking the bond has caused an undue hardship and the judge should schedule the next bond accordingly. In the end you will probably have the bond revoked but you still have a chance at a lower bond.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 1/4/2012
    The Law Offices of Jaime Cowan
    The Law Offices of Jaime Cowan | Jaime Cowan
    Yes. Getting a new charge can cause the bondsmen to revoke.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 1/4/2012
    Aaron Black Law
    Aaron Black Law | Aaron Black
    Yes. The bail bond company can revoke the bong if they believe the person who is out on bond is a risk. I suggest reading the contract you have with the bond company.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 1/4/2012
    Ascheman & Smith | Landon Ascheman
    Most likely the answer is yes. You would need to refer to the contract you have with the bail bond agency.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 1/4/2012
    DeVito & Visconti, PA
    DeVito & Visconti, PA | John E DeVito
    In Massachusetts a defendant's bail can be revoked and the defendant sent to jail for up to 60 days if he or she is rearrested, provided the court informed the defendant at arraignment of the bail revocation statute. If that warning was not given the defendant would not likely have the bail revoked. The defendant could post another bail on the new case. In any event do not go to court without an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 1/4/2012
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    You need to start by looking at the agreement that was signed with the bail bondsman. Also if there was a subsequent incident that occurred after the initial bond was written, that could be a violation resulting in revocation. If the bail bond company is fearful that the person will not show for court, for whatever reason, that could also be an issue. I don't have enough facts. You need to consult with a local attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 1/4/2012
    Michael Maltby, Attorney at Law
    Michael Maltby, Attorney at Law | Michael Maltby
    A bail bondsman can revoke the bond any time they want.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 1/4/2012
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    Only the court via a judge can revoke bond. Bondsmen cannot revoke bonds as they are issued by the court.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 1/4/2012
    Betts Legal Services
    Betts Legal Services | Shawn M. Betts
    A bond company doesn't have the authority to revoke a bond, only the court can revoke a bond.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 1/4/2012
    Harden Law Offices
    Harden Law Offices | Leonard D. Harden
    It all depends. The facts could enable bond to be revoked if risk of flight or other good cause. The Court would still need to approve the revocation.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 1/4/2012
    Expert Bronx Criminal Lawyers
    Expert Bronx Criminal Lawyers | Alexander Sanchez
    Yes. bail bond agencies and clients are engaged in a contractual relationship. Before a bail bond agency puts up substantial funds to bail a person out, the client (or his/her representatives) must agree to numerous conditions. These conditions usually include the proviso that the bailed out person not get arrested again on a new charge. If the person does get arrested, the bail bond agency can simply go back to court and ask the court to exonerate the bail bond. Essentially, the bail bond agency is not in the business of risking its funds for a person who persists in criminal activity. A person facing numerous charges may decide to flee the jurisdiction, causing the bail bond agency to lose money, and bail bond agencies are not in the business of losing money.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 1/4/2012
    Jason Overton, Attorney at Law
    Jason Overton, Attorney at Law | Jason Overton
    I don't know why he would, as long as the person was still making their payments to him. That kind of thing happens all the time. The 2 arrests are 2 different incidents, each with its own bond. If the bondsman was to come off of the first bond, the person would be picked up by law enforcement in the first jurisdiction and held in that jail, because he would no longer be out on bond.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 1/4/2012
    Law Offices of Stephanie Lee Ehrbright, Esq.
    Law Offices of Stephanie Lee Ehrbright, Esq. | Stephanie Lee Ehrbright
    Yes, the bondsman can revoke the bond if they choose. Then the person would have to re-post it with someone else. Check the contract that was signed when the bond was posted for specifics.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 1/4/2012
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    Law Office of John Schum, LLC
    Law Office of John Schum, LLC | John Schum
    Bonds are covered by contract law and the terms of the bond will spell out what conditions will allow the bond to be pulled. The bond paperwork is generally written so loosely and favorable to the bondsman that they can pretty much do what they want.
    Answer Applies to: Hawaii
    Replied: 1/4/2012
    Robert Mortland
    Robert Mortland | Law Office of Robert Mortland
    Yes, a bail bond can revoke a bond if they would like. It is their money that they are risking. If they do not want to take the risk, they take their money back.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/4/2012
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