Pretrial conditions are things you must do to remain free while awaiting trial. For misdemeanors, these conditions aren’t that tough. Usually defendants must refrain from drugs and alcohol and obviously do not pick up any new charges. DWIs often have additional conditions, and sometimes you will be subject to stay-away orders for certain crimes.
Common pretrial conditions include:
- Ignition Interlock Device or portable PAM devices (for DWIs)
- SCRAM device (ankle monitor that senses alcohol)
- Stay-away orders
- Drug/alcohol classes
- GPS monitors (ankle bracelets)
- Intensive Outpatient Program
- Maintain employment (sometimes difficult if you just had to spend a few weeks in jail)
- Any other condition the judge feels is appropriate
Felony conditions can be quite tough. Virtually all felony family violence charges include a stay-away order, so if your partner is till living in the house, he or she must find a new place to live. This is often true even if the alleged victim in the case would prefer to move back in together.
House arrest and GPS ankle monitors are also possibilities in felony cases. In addition to the significant financial cost, GPS monitors can be difficult to maintain. If you forget to charge it, that could be considered a violation. If you are able to avoid violations, a judge will often remove the condition after a certain period of time. (This differs from judge to judge, but think 90 days.) House arrest is obviously more cumbersome, but the silver lining is that the required ankle monitor will not hurt you financially.
Being out on bond on a felony can be an extremely trying time. In addition to the additional burdens being put on you, it is common to lose your job due to the arrest and pending charges. If you have a pending felony, the best thing to do is to face it head-on. The only way to do this is to hire an experienced defense attorney. Call 512-677-5003 to speak with an attorney for free.