The term “revocation” most often refers to the right of the bondsman to revoke his bond and return the defendant to custody, with or without cause. Courts do not require the bail bonding agent to involuntarily remain on a risk.
If a bail bonding agent becomes aware of circumstances giving rise to an increased risk of flight it may become necessary to return the defendant to custody so the bond can be exonerated. Bail is also likely to be revoked if the accused is charged with another criminal offense while released on bail. The defendant’s indemnitors are typically the first to know that trouble is on the horizon. They are frequently the triggering mechanism of bond revocation when they seek to extinguish their own liability.