When you post bail, either through a bail bond or cash or other methods, it’s a promise that you intend to show up to your court dates. The United States justice system offers bail as a way for people to get out of jail and get back to their lives while they await their trial. It’s a great system because it allows you to keep your job and be with your family while you wait for your next court date. Unfortunately, though, some people take advantage of the system and don’t show up for their court date. So what happens next? Our Ottawa County bondsman can tell you.
Why People Don’t Show Up for Court
The reasons that our bail bond customers don’t show up for court vary. Some people genuinely forget about their court date. Others don’t have transportation to the court or don’t want to miss work. Others intentionally miss their court date in an attempt to escape any punishment that may be coming their way. In the eyes of the court, there is no difference. This is considered “skipping” or “jumping” bail and a warrant will be issued for your arrest.
Our Bondsman Starts Looking for You
If you come to our Ottawa County bondsman for your bail bond, we have a financial stake in you keeping your promise that you’ll show up to your court dates. If you don’t, we stand to lose the money we’ve put up for your bail. This could be a significant amount of money. In order to attempt to recover the bail money we’ve posted for your release, we’ll try to find you and bring you back to the court to reschedule your court date.
The Consequences Can Be Severe
Many judges don’t look kindly on missing your court date. It might cause you to face harsher punishments, including bigger fines and more jail time. It also means you probably won’t be able to bond out again; in most cases, a bond amount won’t be issued again and you’ll have to stay in jail until your court date. Skipping bond isn’t worth it. Whatever you have to do, make sure you make it to your court date. If you need help making it happen, you can contact our bail bondsman for help and ideas.
Have more questions about what happens when you skip out on your bond? Give 1st Assured Bail Bonds a call at 888-203-4841 or contact us through our website.