How Bad is Skipping Bail?


Hello, and welcome back to Kocian Bail Bonds’ blog! When it comes to bail bonds in Waco, we have seen pretty much anything that you can think of. While we pass no judgment on why a person may need a bail bond, in our line of work you sometimes run into situations where people decide to take their chances and not show up for their specified court date. This has quite an impact on us and, in today’s post, we wanted to go over exactly what happens when a person decides that they are going to skip out on their bail bond. We hope that by the end of this blog you have a better idea of why you, or anyone you know, should never skip their court date and what the consequences are in relation to a bail bond. Continue reading below to learn more.


Freedom Comes With a Price


For the most part, people want to spend as little time in jail as they possibly can. Unfortunately, bail, even for minor crimes, can be prohibitively expensive for the vast majority of people. Luckily, bail bondsmen are available to help people get out of jail faster by putting up the bulk of the bail that is required while only charging a person a certain percentage fee in order to retain their services. Once this fee is paid to the bondsman, they will post the full balance of a person’s bail on the condition that the person shows up at their appointed court date. As long as the person shows up to court when they are supposed to, the bail is refunded to the bondsman. However, what happens if a defendant doesn’t show up for their appointed court date? We are so glad that you asked.


The Modern Day Bounty Hunter


When a person does not show up to court on their appointed court date, bondsmen are not able to recoup the bail that they posted in order to get their client out of jail. Considering the amount of money that most bondsmen put up, it is very bad for business when a client decides to skip their court date. To prevent loss as much as possible, bondsmen often hire bounty hunters to retrieve fugitive defendants so that they can then bring them to the courts and retrieve their bail. Typically, the bounty hunters are paid a percentage of the bail money that gets recovered and, while that means that the bondsman still loses a little bit of money, they lose much less in comparison to the amount they stand to lose if the fugitive is never found.


If you have utilized the service of a bondsman in order to get out of jail, we highly recommend that you show up for your court date. Barring the fact that you will get in more trouble if you skip your court date, a bondsman has every legal right to hire a bounty hunter to find you and return you to the municipality in which you were arrested. Trust us, bounty hunters are typically not people that you want on your tail.


We hope that this blog has been informative and that you better understand the consequences of failing to appear at your appointed court date. If you would like to learn more about the legalities of bail or you would like to utilize our services, please contact us today at Kocian Bail Bonds. We have been serving the Waco area for years and our reputation speaks for itself.