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December 1, 2023  |  Posted by jesse  |  Bail Bonds

As one of the leading providers of 24-hour San Diego bail bonds, we get lots of questions from prospective and existing clients relating to the bond process. One of the most common is: can you move out of state while on bond? 

It’s common to assume that obtaining a bail bond and being released from custody means you’re home-free. However, things are rarely as simple as that. We’ll explain your rights while on bond, specifically when it comes to traveling. 

Moving out of state on bond: Is it possible?

In truth, it depends on the terms and conditions of your bail bond

A bond is an agreement between the bail bond agency and the court. It effectively covers the cost of bail, allowing you to be released from custody. The agreement is that you will attend all court appearances after being released until your trial is over. When the trial concludes, you’ll either be found guilty, not guilty, or have the case dismissed. 

During the period between being released and the case ending, there may be restrictions on what you can or can’t do. This will be determined by the court when your bond is being agreed. 

A lot of the time, you will not be able to move out of state on bond

This is because it increases the risks of you fleeing while on bail, as it’s harder for courts to track people when they move between states. It also becomes harder for the bail bond agency to track you down and ensure you make court appearances. 

As a result, you will need to request that cross-state movement be allowed as part of your bail bond agreement. The laws in California do let this happen, but only in specific circumstances. 

Seeking permission when moving out of state on bond

There are instances when you can seek permission to move out of state while on bond, but you need written confirmation from the court and your bail bond agency. This can be asked for as you’re applying for a bail bond or after bail has been posted. It depends on the situation and there’s no guarantee that permission will be granted. 

Most of the time, you will be allowed to move out of state while on bond in extreme circumstances – usually relating to your family. If there’s been a death in the family and you wish to attend a funeral, the court may allow you to do so. The same can happen if your partner is giving birth or someone has been in an accident. 

Other scenarios can lead to permission being granted, but they have to be fairly extreme. For example, you can’t go to the court and ask to cross state borders so you can see your favorite basketball team play on the weekend. 

Regardless, the critical point is that you can only move out of state while on bond with the court’s permission. Otherwise, you will violate the terms of your bail bond – which leads to serious legal ramifications. 

The legal implications of moving while on bond

As part of your bail bond agreement, the court can restrict your movements. We’ve already mentioned that this will likely restrict you to within state boundaries. Unless, of course, you have clear consent from the court to temporarily move elsewhere. 

What happens if you cross state boundaries without permission? Technically, you void the terms and conditions of your bond agreement, meaning you receive penalties. This could mean your bail is dropped and the court puts a warrant out for your arrest. Your bail bond agency will be allowed to work with law enforcement agencies or hire bounty hunters to track down and detain you. 

Following this, you’ll be arrested and imprisoned without bail. It can also add charges to your original crime, extending the possible sentence. Judges are also likely to be even less in your favor as you’ve clearly displayed criminal tendencies by doing something you’ve explicitly been told not to do. 

To add to this, your bail bond agency may not get the bail amount back from the court, so they can go to you and demand full payment for it. When you obtain a bond, you only pay a percentage of the bail amount – which is normally around 10%. The whole purpose of a bail bond is to avoid financial stress as you can’t afford bail. If you violate the terms and conditions, you’ll have to cough up the rest of the bail amount. 

How do courts or bail bondsmen know if you’ve left the state? 

This is a fair question. In theory, you could move out of state while on bond, but return for all of your court dates. How would anyone know that you’ve moved?

Sometimes, you can do this and get away with it – but it is not recommended!

Bail bond agencies have ways of tracking clients and they will try to keep in touch with you regularly, just to make sure you’re doing okay and staying out of trouble. Should they suspect that you’re not in the state, they could hire bounty hunters or private investigators to track down and tail you. If they discover you have crossed state boundaries, then you’ll be in all the legal trouble mentioned earlier. 

It is not worth the risk – only leave the state when you have permission from the court and your bail bond provider. 

Get help with bail bonds and movement restrictions today

Can you move out of state while on bond? Yes and no. 90% of the time, you won’t be allowed to move out of state while released on bail. There are extreme circumstances where permission may be granted, but you will still have to return to attend your court dates. 

If you need help with bail bonds or want permission to move while on bond, feel free to contact Balboa Bail Bonds today. We’ll help you get the bond you need and make a case to the court for permission to leave the state.