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What Should You Not Do While on Bail?

A man who received an acquittal in the firearm-related fatality of a Boston law enforcement officer recently received several unlawful firearm charges while he was waiting for federal sentencing on matters connected to crack distribution and fentanyl. The man was arrested in 2014 by Boston law enforcement after the murder and charged with several offenses including illegal firearm violations while waiting on federal sentencing. Now, the man faces additional charges related to the firearm, which was a Glock that could hold a lot of ammunition. The firearm was taken from a rental vehicle in March 2021 while a young child was seated in the back of the vehicle.  

If you are out on bail, there is a list of things that you should never do until you are no longer on bail. One of the primary things that you should do is stay in close contact with the person who handles your bond. You should also learn about any real or potential updates to your status or any details that happen while your agreement is being held. The following are some of the most important things that you should never do if you are released on bail.

Do Not Use Alcohol or Drugs 

Illegal substances as well as alcohol can lead a person into all types of trouble. Both alcohol and drugs influence your decision-making and can lead you to commit poor choices. Remember, should problems occur while you are on bail, you might lose your ability to remain on bond. Even though the temptation is strong, do not give in to alcohol or drug use while on bond.  

Do Not Engage in Criminal Activity

Following a bail release, you simply cannot afford to get arrested again. If anyone you know, even a friend or family member, was a bad influence on you before, you should keep your distance from them. While it might seem like a challenging thing to do, it is the best way to make sure you stay safe and avoid any complications with your bail status.

Do Not Lie to Your Attorney

Your lawyer must know the truth about your situation. This way, your lawyer can make sure that you have the strongest defense strategy possible. This means that your lawyer needs to know all of the critical details about your arrest and bail. Any dishonesty to your lawyer could leave you in a much more dangerous position. 

Never Skip Out on Bail

Not showing up for a scheduled court date constitutes skipping bail. A person can also skip bail if they leave the area without first obtaining the judge’s permission. If you skip bail, the court will then issue a warrant for your arrest. A bail enforcement agent will then be tasked with apprehending you. 

Obtain the Assistance of a Firearm Defense Attorney

The state of Massachusetts takes firearm offenses seriously. That is why if you or a loved one is charged with a firearm defense in Massachusetts, you need to speak with a skilled and experienced lawyer right away. Contact Attorney Edward R Molari today for assistance.