If a defendant doesn’t go to Court

by WebMaster on March 1, 2011

What if the defendant doesn't go to court?

If the defendant does not appear in court when required to do so, the court will forfeit the bond. Unless the defendant is returned to the jurisdiction of the court within a specified time the full amount of the bond must be paid. In cases where the defendant's non-appearance was a mistake and the defendant cooperates with the Bail Agent to correct the mistake, the matter can be cleared up relatively easily with little or no costs involved.

If, on the other hand, the defendant does not cooperate, than the Bail Agent and co-signor must take immediate steps to "cure" the forfeiture. This can include the hiring of bail investigators. The co-signor is responsible for all the costs involved.

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