What happens if the person does not appear in court as promised?
A bench warrant is issued for the defendant’s arrest and the defendant’s name will appear in police bulletins as a fugitive. Although specifics vary depending on the jurisdiction, generally the court also authorizes the Bail Agency arrest authority for the individual as well. The Bail Agency normally calls the person’s home, work, and other references to try to find the fugitive and convince them to appear. If these efforts are unsuccessful, the Agency may then search and employ Bail Bond Recovery Agents (aka Bounty Hunters) to arrest the fugitive. From the perspective of someone who guaranteed the appearance by posting Collateral, you want to convince them to fugitive to surrender himself to the police or court as soon as possible. Normally, if the fugitive is returned before the actual bond payment due date to the state, you can usually get your collateral back. Also, judges tend to get more irritated the longer a fugitive stays at large. If the fugitive does not surrender and cannot be found by the forfeiture date, the Bail Agency pays the entire bond amount to the courts and proceeds with legal action to seize and liquidate your collateral. By law, the Bail Agency is required to refund any value received in excess of the Bail Amount, minus costs, following liquidation.
Because Freedom Bail Bonds has very experienced Bail Agents and Bail Bond Recovery Agents we have one of the best appearance rates in the industry. As a cosigner, you will be glad that we are good at what we do.