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October 30, 2020

In what situations can a bond for good behavior be issued?

Here are some examples of where a bond for good behavior can be issued:

  • where a crime has occurred, but the victim is reluctant to pursue criminal prosecution;
  • where probable cause exists for cross-warrants against both parties;
  • where probable cause exists for the crime of terroristic threats but there is no corroboration that would be required for a conviction;
  • where stalking of a former domestic partner is combined with a history of past violence;
  • where the seriousness of the criminal conduct does not yet warrant prosecution, but some action is needed to prevent escalation;1
  • where there has been harassment or harassing phone calls; and
  • where there has been physical or verbal contact of an insulting nature.2

Note: These are examples given by two counties in Georgia but other counties may issues bonds in different situations.

1 See, for example, Carroll County’s website and Effingham County’s website
2 See, for example, Effingham County’s website

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