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The defendant must also agree to meet certain requirements known as “conditions.” The most important condition is that the defendant appear at all hearings. Failure to appear may result in arrest and forfeiture of the bond amount.  “Failure to Appear” is a separate criminal offense that can result in imprisonment from 6 months to 1 year and the loss of eligibility for probation or suspended sentence. (§ 18-8-212, C.R.S.) Other standard conditions prohibit the defendant from committing a crime or leaving Colorado while released on bail. The defendant must acknowledge the existence of a mandatory restraining order that prohibits contact with witnesses or the alleged victim. Defendants are commonly required to immediately notify the court of any change in residence or mailing address.

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