In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the major issues with skipping bail if you’ve been released from jail. This process, which will result in a failure to appear charge, is unfortunately all too common among those released on bail – but will lead to several significant consequences, both for the individual in question and potentially for others close to them.
At Beehive Bail Bonds, our bail bond agents are here to provide comprehensive bail bond services for anyone who has been recently arrested and detained. We strongly advise our clients not to consider skipping bail as even an option once they’ve been released – here are some of the additional consequences that might take place, not only to the individual who fails to appear but also to others related to their case.
Many might be assuming that if they skip bail, the only consequences will be forfeited monetary sums and a warrant issued – the areas we went over in part one. They assume that once they return, they will face the same charges as they did before.
Not so fast. Not only does skipping bail not eliminate any prior charges, it will almost always add an additional charge for failure to appear. Certain judges might even issue a contempt of court ruling as well. You will be adding to your legal trouble directly if you chose to skip bail, not just prolonging the case.
Not only that, but once you’re caught and returned to jail, you can forget about being allowed bail this time around. Courts almost never allow bail to someone who faces a failure to appear charge as part of their case.
This isn’t just a temporary issue, either. If you happen to be arrested again later in your life on unrelated charges, good luck getting bail assigned to you even if the charges are relatively minor – your previous failure to appear charge will remain on your record and the court will note it, almost certainly denying you bail as a result.
Finally, many who post bail or bond do so with the assistance of a co-signer, who helps with the proper funding or to relieve court concerns regarding flight risks. In cases where the individual who posted then skips bail for their court date, the co-signer will be held responsible for several areas. They will be financially responsible not only for your bail in many cases, but also for additional expenses incurred by a bounty hunter or anyone else as they attempt to locate the person who has skipped.
For more on the consequences of skipping bail, or to learn about any of our bail bond agents or other services, speak to the staff at Beehive Bail Bonds today.