If you’re thinking about jumping bail, or not showing up to your court date after being set free, then you should know that nothing good will come out of it. You will only get in deeper trouble and the person who helped you get bailed out will be put in a bad position as well. Remember that the moment a bail bondsman posted bail for you, you’re agreeing to the conditions set by the court. If you fail to deliver on your promise, your chances of winning your case gets slimmer.
When you fail to show up in court, the judge can declare a bond forfeiture. This means that your friend, family, or whoever signed the contract with the bail bondsman, also called as the indemnitor, will be responsible to pay the full amount of bail set by the court. If a collateral is involved such as your parents’ house or car, the court may get them as a consequence of your action. Additional fees that will be spent to look for you will also have to be paid by the indemnitor.
Once you disappear, the bondsman has six months to look for you and return you to court. They can hire a bounty hunter to search for your whereabouts. In some states, these agents aren’t required to show a warrant to enter your home. When they catch you, additional criminal charges will be filed against you.
These should be enough reasons for anyone to avoid skipping bail. If you want your case to go as smoothly as possible, it will be best to behave accordingly and follow the court’s orders.