The period of time between getting released on bond and showing up to your first scheduled court hearing can be extremely important in not only creating a narrative that you are looking to move past the arrest but it can also show the judge that you are committed to bettering yourself as well as the community around you. Here are the best ways to make a good impression:
Avoid trouble and comply with bond conditions
Probably the worst thing that anyone could do for their case is to get into further trouble while out on bond and there are several reasons for this. The first is that any rearrest while out on bond will void your current bond and make it that much harder to be released again. On top of that, you will face extra charges and the judge will be harder to persuade into believing that you are working toward a better path. When out on bond, it’s really important to make sure you are following all bond conditions and avoiding any friends or places that could jeopardize your freedom.
Find a job if you don’t have one or keep it if you do
Employment plays a huge part in what a judge looks at when making decisions about whether or not the defendant is taking a positive path forward. In fact, if the defendant does not have employment by the time they are released, it is common that a bond condition would be to search for employment. If the defendant already has a job, it is really best to avoid looking for a new one until after the case concludes. This is because it will always look better to stick with a project rather than moving from place to place which can raise red flags about the defendant potentially looking to flee.
Look for volunteering opportunities
Just as with employment, volunteering is an excellent way to show investment in the community. Judges will view any type of volunteer work that is done voluntarily as a solid step forward and not only does volunteering give a huge sense of accomplishment but it can also lead to other opportunities and even jobs if you find something that clicks with your goals and passions.
Keep up relationships
The last thing a judge really looks at is if the defendant has been staying in touch with friends and most importantly family. The reason why this is important is because the more ties to the community and family a person has, the harder it is to drop off from society and run. The more someone keeps up with their loved ones, the more a part of society as a whole they are.
Overall, what a judge is really looking for is action during this downtime that shows that the defendant is making thoughtful and positive decisions. If you are working to maintain relationships and set down roots, it will go a long way in showing your sincerity to improve and make a stronger path forward.