When you get a bail bond to get out of jail, that’s only one step in the process. If you leave on bail, you are agreeing to appear in court. If you decide to skip town instead, there are consequences:
The bail bond you agreed to will be forfeited if you don’t make your court appearance. This means you become entirely responsible for the original bail amount set when you were first charged. Any collateral given to your bondsman may be sold to cover the costs of bailing you out.
When you skip bail, a failure to appear charge will be also be added to your record. In most cases, a judge will issue a warrant for your arrest. Most bail bondsmen have bounty hunters they contact to track down people who skip their court date. Once someone is caught and brought back to jail they’ll remain there – without rights to bail – until their new court date. Missing your court date will result in additional penalties as well. This includes court fees, fines, and more.
Emergencies happen. You might forget about the court date. In cases where you had planned on appearing at court but unforeseen circumstances prevented it. It is vital that you contact your attorney and bail bondsman immediately to explain the situation to minimize as much damage as possible.
If you need bail in the Raleigh, NC area, contact Collins Bail Bonding at (919) 205-5322. We’ve been in business for over 20 years so we have the experience and dedication to get you out of jail quickly.