By 1994, Bonsall was tiring of the acting grind and after appearing in that year's uninspired "Blank Check" and two TV movies - "Father and Scout" (ABC) and "Lily in Winter" (USA Network) - he more or less retired when his mother and future stepfather relocated to Denver, CO. Proving unruly in school, he was sent to the Missouri Military Academy for a year before returning to Colorado. In Denver, he and two friends formed the punk rock band, Late Bloomers, and issued a recording, This One's for Dick. When asked about a possible return to acting, Bonsall stated he planned instead to defer college and concentrate on a music career when he graduated from high school in 2000. He would make news almost a decade later after several run-ins with the law, including an arrest for assault in 2009 and another arrest only two months later for marijuana usage in violation of the terms of his release from the previous incident.