What happens if the person does not appear in court as promised?
The bail bond will be ordered forfeited by the court and a bench warrant is issued for the person’s arrest. The warrant will be entered in State and National locator systems to make it easier to locate and apprehend the fugitive.
The Bail Agency will receive notice of the missed court appearance. The Bail Agency normally calls the person’s home, work, and other references to try to find the fugitive and arrange a new court date. If these efforts are unsuccessful, the Agency may then use an apprehension specialists, better known as Bounty Hunters to arrest the fugitive. As the co-signer you want to convince the fugitive to return to court as soon as possible so you are not held responsible.
If the defendant reappears in court without delay you will only be liable for a small failure to appear fee and possibly court costs. Typically, the longer the defendant delays making a new court date, the higher the fees will be. If the defendant can not be located within the time allowed by the court, the entire amount of the bond must be paid.