Can a Bondsman Put Me Back in Jail if I Stop Making My Monthly Payments?

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My bail was set at $50,000 and the bondsman said I could put $1,000 down and pay $250 a month. I recently lost my job and I’m in a bit of a tight financial spot. Can the bail bonds company put me back in jail if I fall behind on my payments?

No. A bondsman cannot put you in jail for missing payments no more than your credit card company can put you in jail if you miss their payments. In this case, you’ll want to contact the bondsman as soon as you can to let them know what’s going on. Ask if they’ll accept a lower monthly payment until you’re able to get back on your feet.  In most cases, the bondsman will work with you. If you stop making payments altogether and the account falls more than 30 days past due, they could report the delinquency to the credit reporting agencies, which will have a negative impact on your credit.  The bondsman can also file a petition in small claims court to have future wages garnished.

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