We often get questions about what it means to jump bail. Jumping bail (or skipping bail), is often referred to in the media, but it’s not often discussed what the consequences are for the defendant, as well as the people who work to get them bailed out. In today’s blog post, we will answer all the common questions we get about jumping bail.
What Does It Mean to Jump Bail?
Jumping bail is often referred to as “skipping bail.” When a person is bailed out of jail, they are expected to return to court. If a person is considered to be too high of a flight risk, they will not be granted bail. If a person doesn’t show up for their court dates after being bailed out, it is referred to as jumping bail.
What are the Consequences of Jumping Bail?
There are consequences to jumping bail, both for the defendant, as well as their family and the bail agent (if that was how they were bailed out).
The Defendant: After jumping bail, the court will issue a bench warrant for their arrest. When they are caught, the defendant will face additional criminal charges, which will harshen their sentence. Also, it is not likely that bail will be offered again, as they will be considered a flight risk.
Those Who Supplied Bail: If friend or family member provided the funds for the defendant’s bail, then the money, collateral, or bond will be forfeit. If they paid cash for the release of someone, that money will not be returned. If collateral was provided, they will be in danger of losing it. And, if they co-signed a bail bond, they could be held responsible for the full bail amount.
The Bail Bondsman: When a bail bondsman provides a bail bond, they are issuing a promise to the court that they will pay the full bail amount should the defendant skip bail. Obviously, this can get expensive if many clients decide to leave town, which is why bail agents often hire bounty hunters to find and return the defendant to face justice, so they don’t have to pay a large sum of money to the court.
Do You Have More Questions about Bail? Call All American Bail Bonds Today
As you can see, there are many things about bail that are important to understand if you are considering bailing someone out of jail. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call an expert bail agent at All American Bail Bonds. We are here to help you sort through all the questions you have, so that you can come to the best conclusion for yourself and your loved one in jail!