When you are accused of a crime and arrested, you want to do everything you can to get out of jail as quickly as possible so that you can return home to your family and job. Depending on the nature and seriousness of your charges, you may have the opportunity for a pretrial release through bail. If you are bailed out of jail, you are allowed freedom while you await your day in court. While the majority of defendants will dutifully appear in court at the appointed date and time, some may not. For those who don’t, there can be serious consequences, and in today’s blog, we’ll review a few of them.
At Future Bail Bonds, we believe that every defendant has the right to an efficient pretrial release with the assistance of a surety bond. If you or a loved one has experienced an untimely arrest and you’re looking for ethical and affordable bail bonds, contact Future Bail Bonds at 909-990-5700 today.
Four Repercussions for Missing Your Court Date
Whether you intentionally skip your court date, or you were unable to find transportation to the courthouse, there are many negative consequences for not appearing in court if you are out of jail on bail. Many of these outcomes can follow you for the rest of your life, including a bench warrant.
If you are due in court at a certain date and time and you do not show up, the judge may or may not concern himself or herself with why you were not there. Once the court date is skipped, the judge may issue a bench warrant with your name on it. A bench warrant is a written order issued by the court and it authorizes law enforcement to arrest people who are charged with some type of contempt of court or crime. Warrants have no expiration and are good in 50 states. This means that even if you move, you can still be arrested 10 years down the road in another state.
The Bondsman May Hire a Bounty Hunter
If you were bailed out of jail with the assistance of a bail bond, the bondsman has a financial interest in making sure you attend your court date. If you fail to appear in court at the appointed date and time, the bondsman may hire a bounty hunter to assist in locating and arresting you. A bounty hunter is an individual who is contracted to investigate, monitor, locate, and arrest fugitives. In California, if he or she chooses, a bondsman can legally hire a bounty hunter to act in accordance with Penal Code 1299. He or she will be well-trained in proper pursuit techniques and enforcement and if you cannot be located within 180 days of skipping bail, the surety bond is lost and the court must be paid.
Future the Upland Bail Bonds understands that nobody wants to be looking over their shoulders wondering when he or she could be arrested. Our bondsmen will do everything possible to ensure that you or your loved one appears in court when directed. As part of our customer-focused bail bonds services, we’ll initially provide all bail information and reminders about your court appointments at no cost to you. Contact us today to learn more.
Your Co-Signer is Left in a Lurch
Unless you bailed yourself out of jail, it is likely that a friend or loved one put up the bail premium to secure your pretrial release. This means that he or she has agreed to be the cosigner on the surety bond and be 100 percent responsible for the balance of the bail bond in the event that you skip bail. If you are unable to make your court appearance, not only could this significantly strain your relationship with the cosigner, it could also leave them in a lurch financially. For example, if a relative is the cosigner on your $30,000 bail bond and you miss your court date, he or she becomes responsible for paying the balance of the bond to the courts, and any collateral that was put up for the bail bond may be forfeited.
You’ll Likely Face More Jail Time
We mentioned earlier that the courts may give little consideration as to why you did not appear for your court date. It is within a judge’s discretion to excuse your absence without sending you back to jail. However, if you have a history of failing to appear or if the judge has some other reason to believe that you may not show, your potential of going back to jail is high. Not only that, but if you skip bail, you risk facing further charges and jail time than you may have had, had you made it to your court date. Charges may include violation of probation, additional jail time, added fines, and driver’s license suspension.
Compassionate Bail Bonds in Upland
For defendants who are considering skipping their court date for one reason or another, we hope that learning more about these four consequences will lead to a change of heart. Once you have had the opportunity to enjoy a pretrial release, you don’t want to do anything that might bring on additional jail time or more charges. At Future Bail Bonds, our mission is to move the bail industry forward with a fresh take on bail. We strive to do that with superior customer service and customer-focused bail bond services that help reunite families during distressing times. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us at 909-990-5700 today. We look forward to assisting you in your time of need.