Can I travel out of state if I'm on bond?

We are going into the holiday season - a time when many people travel. Whether it's to get away for a short vacation, or spend time with family, a lot of people travel this time of year. For many people their family is close by, but for some they may be in other states. So it's not unusual this time of year to have clients ask if they can travel out of town, or out of state, while there case is pending.

The answer is it depends - big surprise right? Most felony bonds in McLennan County have conditions - one of them may be that you not travel out of the county. If your bond has that condition then you have to get the permission of the judge - in writing - to travel. Most judge's will provide that for special situations, but you have to ask.

Misdemeanor bonds on the other hand generally do not have similar conditions. Unless it's a DWI case, or assault case, you may not have any conditions on your bond. That doesn't mean it's alright to go wherever you want. If you used a  bonding company you signed an agreement with them; unless you want to go back to jail, you need to make sure you honor it. Most bonding companies want to know if you are going somewhere, so they know where to find you if they need you. That means you need to check with them and make sure they are okay with your trip.

We've had clients who's job requires them to travel. That's generally not a problem, but it does need to be approved by the judge - if necessary - and the bonding company.

The bottom line is that before you pick up and leave, you need to make sure it's alright to do so. If not, it may be the last trip you get to make for awhile.