Chances are that you’ve heard the term, ‘skipping bail’ before, but do you know what it means? Skipping bail, first of all, is a crime, and is described as someone who pays bail to be released from jail, but then leaves town or misses their court date. Skipping bail comes with some fairly heavy consequences, so today we will discuss those consequences. Keep in mind that whatever you do, you MUST arrive at your schedule court date to avoid these problems.
If the defendant has left jail on bail, but does not arrive to his or her scheduled court date, the first thing that happens is that the defendant is charged with contempt of court. Additional charges will be added to the original charges the trial was scheduled to address, and their chances of being presumed guilty for the original charges are increased.
Forfeiture of Your Bond
The original money posted for the bail is then lost, and will be kept by the court. Additionally, when the defendant is apprehended by police, the defendant will no longer have the option to post bail. If any items were put up for collateral, those will be taken by the bail bondsman.
Warrants For Your Arrest
When the defendant fails to show up for court, the court will then release warrants for that person’s arrest. Additionally, their bail bondsman may hire a bounty hunter to track them down and bring them into custody.
Skipping out on bail is not only illegal, but also a poor decision on the part of the defendant. Be sure to make it on time to your scheduled court date, and work with the system. Participating is not only better for your case, but also makes life much easier for yourself. If you need help posting bail in Wichita, KS or the surrounding areas, give us a call at 316-755-5142!