Regardless of whether the individual is facing charges for something serious or something minor, trying to run away after bail has been posted is going to make the situation even worse. Once the court determines that the individual has missed their court date, there is a warrant for their arrest sent out instantly. This gives the police the right to be able to enter the individual’s property, search their car, and do anything else that they need to do in order to have them returned and brought to justice.
When skip tracers start looking for the individual, they are going to start contacting the people who may know where the person is. This means that it will usually be friends and family, loved ones. This can be very embarrassing and can also put the individuals friends and family in an uncomfortable situation that they are not expecting to be in as a result of the individual skipping out on their bail.
Assuming the individual is going to honor their bail bond and show up in court, it’s not going to worsen their situation. They will be facing charges, which aren’t going to change, but they won’t be facing additional charges for running away when they were supposed to be in court. There is never a good or respectable reason to miss out on a court date; it will only lead to more trouble and can also lead to more time spent in jail. Individuals who don’t want to have further complications with the law are advised to respect their bail.
Understanding Bail Bonds
A bail bond, also known as a surety bond, is defined as a “formal, legally enforceable contract between a first party (the principal or obligor), a second party (the customer or obligee), and a third party (the surety, such as a bank, bonding company, or insurance company) whereby the surety guarantees payment of a specified maximum sum, or to otherwise compensate (indemnify), the obligee against damage or loss caused by the actions (or a failure to perform) of the obligor)." Bail bonds guarantee that the defendant will appear in court every time that he or she is ordered to do so based on requests by the court.
If the defendant doesn’t attend court as requested, then the bond will be forfeited and the defendant will be issued an arrest warrant. The statutes for this vary from state to state, although in most cases the defendant will be subject to apprehension and arrest. The cost for bail bonds tend to vary from state to state and may be based on statutory rates or rates that have been filed by the insurance company that has underwritten the bond. Depending on the defendant’s criminal history (if any), collateral may be needed. A collateral receipt should be provided when the bond is written. The return of the collateral is based on statutes in most states; it should be held in trust for the party that is arranging the bail.