The Consequences of Skipping Out on Bail

If someone has worked with a bail bond agency to post bail for you, they have reached an agreement with the courts promising that you will return to court at a later date for your schedule hearings and trial. But what happens if you decide to extend your freedom by skipping out on your bail and not returning to court? A lot of things can potentially happen, and none of them are good.

When someone skips bail, a warrant is immediately issued for their arrest and law enforcement offices around the country are made aware of the warrant. So you can’t expect to run to Arizona if you want to skip out on Malibu bail bonds. If they are caught, they will likely be charged with being a fugitive from justice, potentially adding more jail time if they are convicted. In addition, they will forfeit their original bail bond and likely not be able to post a new one.

Skipping bail not only has consequences for the person who does it. The friend or family member who posted bail might be liable for the full cost of the tracking down and locating a fugitive – including paying a bounty hunter if one is hired by the bondsman to track down the fugitive. If the person can’t be found, the cosigner of the bail bond could be liable for the full cost of the bail bond they signed.

Skipping out on bail hurts you along with your friends and family. If you have been arrested and are out on bail, make sure you do everything in your power to make all of your court dates.