Although it may be very tempting, you are out and free, but being on bail comes with certain restrictions. If you break your bail conditions, such as not showing up at court for your scheduled appointment, there can be some severe consequences that can affect everyone involved:
What is Bail for?
You have been charged with a crime and jailed for it. Bail is a sum of money that someone who cares for you pays to keep you out of jail until the time of your scheduled court case. A percentage of the bail bond is generally paid to a bail bond agent, who then pays the rest of the sum based on the condition that you will turn up to court.
What Happens if I Skip Bail
If you skip bail you have not attended a court date. The following are potential consequences:
- A warrant will be issued to arrest you.
- They may suspend your driver’s license.
- You may be charged with more offenses, such as contempt of court, which can result in fines and more jail time.
- You won’t be eligible for bail in the future.
- The bond amount you paid will probably increase.
- The person who paid your bond may have to pay the full amount of the bond. They may even lose a car or home as collateral if they cannot pay the bond amount.
- The bail bond agent needs to find you and bring you into court in an allotted time.
Skipping bail has severe consequences for all involved, so for everyone’s sake, show up to court.