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Who Has to Pay if You Skip Bail?

Last updated 6 years ago

Skipping bail is a serious matter for you and for the loved one who helped arrange your bail. Failing to appear for a court date means that a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest and you will become a fugitive. Failing to appear and skipping bail may cause you to become ineligible for bail when you are re-arrested. The person who arranged your bail will also be left on the hook for the costs associated with your failure to appear. Here’s what you need to know about the costs of skipping bail:

Lost Collateral

When bail is posted, the bail company typically pays 10% of your actual bail to a court in the form of a bond. They make this bond payment after someone contacts them on your behalf and signs a contract that guarantees that you will appear in court, otherwise the court will receive the full amount of the bail.

Most people don’t have enough cash to back the full amount of bail, especially in the case of large bails for more serious crimes. In these instances, the person who arranges the bail usually has to put up collateral, like a car or a house, to guarantee that full amount of the bail. When you don’t show up for court, the full amount of the bail is due, and the bail bonding company can collect that collateral to foot the bill. Your loved one could lose his or her home, car, or other possession to pay for you failure to appear.

Search Expenses

When you skip bail, the bail company will search for you themselves and may hire a bounty hunter to track you down. The person who signed for your bail will be charged for these expenses. The longer it takes to find you, the more expensive the search will become.

Lowered Credit

If the person who arranged your bail can’t pay for the cost of the search or if he or she loses the collateral, his or her credit rating will be negatively impacted.

Skipping bail has serious repercussions for everyone involved in the transaction. At 24 Seven Bail Bonds, we’re here to help you understand the legal process and the importance of showing up for your court dates. When you need help with bail and navigating the court system, call our professional team at (732) 418-2245.


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