Bail bonds are meant to guarantee to the court that a suspect will appear at his or her scheduled court date. So what happened if you are a co-signer for a friend‘s or relative’s bond and that person misses court? Do you have to pay the full value of the bail?
Well, should this unfortunate scenario take place, a co-signer would be held responsible for the full amount of the bond plus expenses. A failure to appear in court does not necessarily mean you have to pay the full amount of their bail, however. If a defendant misses his court date, whether it’s for a traffic ticket or a more serious crime, the result is the same. The judge will issue a warrant for an arrest and any bond that has been provided will be forfeited. Truthfully, there is no excuse for missing court after purchasing a bond and we encourage you to notify your bondsman immediately if the defendant could miss court.
As was mentioned earlier, aside from some additional expenses, the defendant may also find themselves under arrest again. When bail is given, the principal is regarded as delivered into the custody of his sureties. Any of the following officials may be authorized to arrest a bail fugitive: a certified law enforcement officer, a person licensed by the State to do so, a person contracted and authorized in writing by the bail or depositor to do so, a Bail Recovery Agent or a private investigator. In the past, persons with the task of arresting the fugitive have been called bounty hunters, yet the term does not fit the facts of today`s world. The “bounty hunters” in question are merely acting under the particulars of a contract. The surety or depositor may even arrest the defendant themselves (rather than authorizing a bail enforcement agent or private investigator to do so) if the defendant has skipped court. His arrestor would then surrender him into custody to ensure his future appearance in court.