Motion to Revoke Bond Law & Legal Definition


A prosecutor or victim of a crime may petition the court to revoke or withdraw the bond set for a criminal defendant. The hearing on this petition or motion is called a hearing on a motion to revoke bond.

The bond or bail bond ensures the appearance of the defendant in court through the completion of a criminal trial. Trial court judges have the power and discretion to set, modify and revoke bond depending on the circumstances of each case. In cases where the defendant is a flight risk or deemed to be a danger to society, the bond will generally be set very high or not granted at all in which case the defendant will have to remain in jail until trial. When bond is set, that bond may be revoked if new circumstances or information arises that lead a judge to believe that the defendant is dangerous, a flight risk or should not be released from custody for some other reason. Any order revoking bond should meet the minimal state and federal due process requirements as it curtails the liberty of the defendant.