Have you missed a court date? What You Should Know

by | Apr 4, 2022 | Bail Bonds

Following your arrest, you must take the procedures necessary to resolve your legal issues. Attending all scheduled court dates is one of the procedures that a defendant must take. You could face serious repercussions if you miss a court date.

Whether you skip court on purpose or by accident, you must grasp the implications so that you can avoid or correct the problem.

What Happens If You Miss Your Court Date?

Even if the initial accusations are being dropped or you are declared innocent, missing a court appearance can exacerbate your legal problems. You will almost certainly face fresh charges as a result of your failure to appear in court. The severity of these charges is usually determined by the severity of the original charges.

You can also expect your bail to be revoked by the judge and a warrant for your arrest being issued. Expect your bail to be increased if you get your bail reinstated in the future owing to the additional charges brought against you for missing a court appearance.

The Effects of Missing Your Court Date on Your Bail Bond

You must post bail in order to be released from jail. A bail bond agency is used by many defendants to get out of jail until their court dates. You simply have to pay a modest percentage of your bail amount, usually 10% or $100, whichever is bigger, when you get a bail bond. However, if you fail to appear in court, the bail bond business is compelled to pursue you for the balance of the money and to catch you, returning you to jail custody.

For example, your bail was set at $5,000. The bail bond agency paid the remaining $5,000 after you paid $500. If you fail to appear in court, the bail bond agency will execute the actions mentioned in the preceding paragraph to recover the entire $5,000.

Some bail bond providers demand you to put up collateral when you get a bail bond. If you fail to appear in court, the bail bond agency has the authority to confiscate the collateral and convert it to cash in order to obtain the full amount of the lost bail. If the collateral is insufficient to secure the full amount of the bail bond, the bail agency may sue you to recover the difference. A licensed bail agent will be dispatched by the bail bondsman to find and arrest you as well as all law enforcements agencies throughout the country.

What You Need to Do to Redeem Yourself

After you miss your court appearance, you still have a chance to redeem yourself, but you must move promptly. If you respond quickly after missing a court date, the repercussions are likely to be much less severe than if you wait weeks or even months. Individuals who skip their court dates may be granted a period of mercy in some court systems.

First, contact your bail bondsman (Alliance Bail Bonds). Your bail bondsman will advise you on the best course of action. The particular steps you must take will be determined on the severity of your initial charges and the length of time since you missed court date.

Tell your bondsman if you have a specific reason for skipping court, such as illness that required hospitalization during the time of your planned court date. Your bondsman may be able to hire an attorney to file a plead with the court, requesting that your bail bond be reinstated while citing the compelling reason outlined above as to why you were unable to make it.

If you do not call your bondsman right away, your bail bond agency may be actively looking for you or attempting to convert the collateral promise into money that was lost when you missed your court date, depending on how long it has been since you missed your court date.

Do you need to bail a friend or family member out of jail? Contact Alliance Bail Bonds at any time to swiftly get your loved one out of jail. You can reach us at 386-257-5116 or visit our website at https://volusiabailbondsman.com/