If you no-show your court date after being making bail, you’re facing a world of trouble. Almost immediately, a judge will issue a warrant for your arrest. You’ll also be considered a “flight risk,” and not be offered the opportunity to post bail again – possibly for the rest of your life. If you’re considering skipping out on your bail, the best advice that I can give is to stop. You aren’t going to get away, and you’re going to put yourself in an even more unfavorable situation than initially.
In most situations, bail is posted by a loved one. Usually, a friend or family member will post bail so that you’ll be able to build your case, live your life as normal, and keep their job. If you’ve bailed out a friend or family member, and they’ve decided to skip bail, you may want to reconsider your relationship with this person. You might also want to follow some very basic tips.
Don’t Harbor Them
When someone skips out on bail, they may need a place to stay, turning to friends or family members. If someone turns to you asking for a place to stay after missing their court date, they’re actually asking you for a lot more. They’re asking you to risk your freedom. Harboring a fugitive is a serious crime that can be punishable by fines and imprisonment.
Call the Bail Bondsman
If a defendant skips out on their court date after you’ve posted their bail, you’re going to want to contact the bail bondsman. You want to be extremely cooperative, and ensure that the bondsman knows that you have nothing to do with causing them a potentially huge financial liability. You’ll want to provide the bondsman with any information that you may have regarding the fugitive’s whereabouts, who he may be associating with, and places that they’d be likely to frequent.
When a person skips out on bail, police and bounty hunters are going to begin searching for that person. You may be called in or visited in your home for questioning. This isn’t an accusation of guilt or harboring a fugitive, you’re just a witness to your friend or family skipping out on bail.
It’s best to avoid bailing someone out, unless you can be absolutely sure that person is going to appear in court. The accused that have or who will skip bail harm friends and family, bondsmen, and the entire bail process.