After an arrest, individuals are sometimes released from the custody of a jail prior to a trial. This release requires the payment of a bond, which may be paid either by the individual, an acquaintance, or a bail bondsman serving Maryland. If you seek help from a bail bonding company and later fail to show up for trial or other legal meetings, you are skipping bail, an action which can carry serious financial and legal consequences.
Bail Money and Collateral May Be Forfeited
When an individual fails to appear for even a single day of court, their bail goes into forfeiture. This means that if the individual or an acquaintance paid for the bail in cash, this cash is lost and the individual will return to jail when recovered, despite the fact that bail was paid. If a bail bond was purchased from a bail bond agent and any type of collateral was put down to ensure the individual’s compliance with the bail requirements, this collateral could be lost as well if the bail agreement is violated.
The Bonding Company Is Responsible
When an individual does not show up for court, they are skipping bail. If an individual skips bail and that bail was paid by a bondsman, the bail bond company becomes responsible for ensuring he appears in court. Bonding companies will often hire bail enforcement agents, sometimes called bounty hunters, to find and detain an individual that has skipped bail. Bond enforcement agents have the authority to arrest the bail skipper, and may also have permits allowing them to carry firearms or track down individuals at their homes. The role of the bail enforcement agent and his powers vary by state and will depend upon both the state in which an individual was originally arrested, as well as the state in which he is found.
Skipping bail can have serious consequences for you and your loved ones. Complying with the requirements of the court and your bail bond agent is the best solution following an arrest