The most important thing you will want to remember about arranging San Diego bail bonds is that you are taking legal responsibility the defendant will go to court and handle their case. Skipping bail is very serious and comes with penalties for both the fugitive and the person who cosigned for them.
When a defendant fails to appear in court a bench warrant will be issued for their immediate arrest. This means they can be taken into custody on any day at any time. Warrant screens are frequently done during routine traffic stops, at US border crossings, on cruise ships at ports of call and on passengers who are flying to international destinations. Warrants never expire and they are good in all 50 states.
When a defendant skips bail the judge will revoke their bond. If they missed court because they were running late, if they forgot or if they got lost, this can be fixed. They will want to contact the bondsman right away. The bondsman will give them a piece of paper that will allow the bond to be reinstated, the warrant to be lifted and for the case to be put back on the calender.
On the other hand, if this person willfully decided to flee, this is where problems can arise.
If the defendant cannot be returned into the system within 180 days the bondsman and the person who cosigned the paperwork will be on the hook to pay the full bail amount. If collateral has been posted it will be considered forfeited. In addition, the cosigner will be responsible for paying any and all costs associated with the bondsman’s needing to hire a fugitive recovery agent, or bounty hunter. This type of service is very expensive and the fees can range into the thousands of dollars.
If the cosigner is unable or unwilling to pay, their account will be turned over to collections. This information will be submitted to the three major credit bureaus and it will have a negative impact on their credit report. Derogatory marks on a credit report can last up to seven years.
If you have additional questions about what happens when someone skips San Diego bail bonds be sure to contact an expert agent in your area.