Our team is known for being dependable no matter the situation. That means that when you call us in search of a bail bond for a loved one who has been arrested, we spring into action. In other words, we know that the situation you’re in is stressful and that you’re not sure exactly what to do. That’s okay, because we’ll walk you through the entire process, ensuring that you always have the information you need to make the best possible decision.

And that extends from the moment you call us until you don’t require our help anymore.

What we mean by that is that we don’t simply get your loved one out of jail and then leave the rest up to you. Instead, we’re happy to answer any questions you have until you don’t have questions anymore. That’s why in today’s post, we’ll be talking about what happens if you bail someone out of jail and then they don’t show up to their court date. It’s something that happens, unfortunately, so it’s always best to know what that will mean for you. If you’re curious about this scenario, keep reading to learn more.

What Does It Mean to Skip Bail?

If a defendant doesn’t show up in court, this is also known as skipping bail. Needless to say, that’s not something you want to happen. Below we’ll be providing a bit of info about what that can look like, but our advice is to do whatever you can to make certain that the person you bailed out of jail makes it to their court date.

We understand how tempting it can be to run — we really do — but it’s never the right move. It’s really intimidating to have to go to court whether you actually committed the crime or not. The truth is that it can often seem like running from your problem is your best bet; in reality, it sets you up for a lot of disappointment. 

If you run, a warrant is issued for your arrest and in many instances, a bounty hunter will be employed to find you. Trust us when we say that these people are very good at their jobs and that they will utilize a number of different resources in order to find people who skip their bail.

What Else Can Happen?

In addition to having a warrant issued for their arrest, that person, when apprehended, will not be given the opportunity for bail this time around. Although a judge typically considered a variety of factors when determining bail amounts and whether or not a person is eligible, if the person in question has a track record of running from the police, he or she will not be given the opportunity for bail a second time.

After all, if a person has shown themselves to be a flight risk once, the chances of them trying to run again are even higher.

What Should You Do?

If the person you helped get out of jail is planning to run, he or she may come to you to ask for help. We understand what a difficult position this can put you in. You want to help the person that you care about and you want the best for them. This makes sense, of course, but it opens the door to a world of trouble.

For starters, if you agree to shelter the person and the police find out, you’re on the hook as well. Needless to say, that’s not a position you want to find yourself in. 

So what should you do? Encourage your loved one to attend court. Yes, it is scary, but it’s much better to face the situation head on (with the help of a good lawyer or public defender, of course) than to run from a problem that won’t go away. 

What To Do If Your Loved One Might Miss Court

Here’s the truth — things happen that can cause a person to miss their court date. Whether it’s car trouble, a malfunctioning alarm clock, or standstill traffic, issues come up. As the old saying goes, when it rains, it pours!

Our advice is to make some phone calls on their behalf letting the court know what happened. In many instances, a missed court date is simply a misunderstanding, but it’s still something that you’ll want to take care of as quickly as you can to avoid any potential issues. Because you’re the one who bailed your loved one out of jail, you are ultimately responsible for ensuring that that person makes it to court when they’re supposed to.

Wanna Get Out Bail Bonds Is Here For You

When it comes right down to it, if someone asks you to bail them out of jail but you suspect they might run, it’s in your best interest to tell them no. This will save you some headaches down the road. 

Of course, we also know that it can be really difficult to know what to do in an unfamiliar situation. That’s why the team at Wanna Get Out Bail Bonds is here to help. We offer free bond advice, so whether you’re curious about DUI bail bonds or what steps you need to take, we can help. With the lowest fees on Oahu, we’re the best option and we’ll go above and beyond to prove it. We’re open 24/7, so contact us any time to get the help you need.