What Happens if a Defendant Skips Bail?

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I cosigned for my friend’s boyfriend’s bail bonds and I’m worried he’s not going to go to court.  I haven’t been able to reach him, or her, and another friend told me they’ve moved to Florida.  What happens if someone skips bail? Can I be fined for this?

The first thing you’ll want to do is to contact the bondsman you worked with right away.  If a defendant skips bail, the judge will issue a bench warrant for their immediate arrest.  The court will give the bail bonds company, and the cosigner, a set period of time to get the defendant back into the system.  If they fail, the defendant’s full bail amount will become due to the court as a penalty.  As the cosigner for the bail bond, the responsibility to pay will fall to you.  If his bail was $20,000, you’ll be liable for at least $20,000.  If the bail bonds companies paid out additional fees to a fugitive recovery agent (aka, bounty hunter), you’ll be responsible for reimbursing them for that expense, too.

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