If your loved one is arrested, then it is common to want to bail him or her out of jail. You may have to get the bail money through a bondsman. The stipulation of bail is to make sure the person shows up for court. If the defendant does not show up to court, then the bail is forfeit. Read on to find out what to do when someone you bailed out of jail does not show up for court.
Find out the Reason
Most defendants are going to show up for court appearances. Unfortunately, you have some cases where the defendant decides not show up. There has to be a reason why your loved one did not make it to court. It helps for you ask about the reason.
When a defendant decides not to show, it is usually a simple excuse. This excuse may include car trouble, an illness or just forgetting the court date. Whatever the reason, the excuse may be understandable by the court.
Talk to the Judge
You should request a hearing to reinstate the bond. At this hearing, the defendant can tell the judge the reason for not coming to court. However, the judge may not feel your excuse is good enough to miss court. If your judge accepts the excuse, then he or she may choose to schedule a new court date or reinstate the bond. There is no guarantee that your judge will reinstate the bond and there could be consequences for missing the court date.
Understand the Bail Bond Process
When you sign a Sullivan County bail bonds contract, you are the indemnitor. It means you are assuming responsibility to the bail bond agent and the court. The signer is responsible for the defendant coming to court appearances. If the defendant does not come, then you have to help the bondsman get the defendant back in court.
If you have reason to believe your loved one will not show up to court, then you should not arrange the bail. Deciding to bail someone out can be costly if the person decides not to show up to court. You will have to pay the bail bondsman if the defendant does not show up.