A defendant that is released from jail after arranging Santa Clara bail bonds will still need to have their case resolved. In most instances, their first court appearance will be pushed back by about a month. This gives the defendant the opportunity to return to school, work and to consult with a private attorney if they so choose.
The person who cosigned the Santa Clara bail bonds paperwork has taken on two responsibilities. The first and most important is that they are taking responsibility the defendant will go to court. They are also agreeing to pay the bondsman’s fee.
When a defendant skips bail there are a few things that will happen. First, their bond will be revoked and a warrant will be issued for their immediate arrest. People are frequently screened for warrants without ever knowing it. This can happen when you’re driving over an international border, on cruise ships at ports of entry, during routine traffic stops and on passengers who are flying in and out of the country.
Warrants are good in every state and they never expire.
If the defendant missed court because they were sick, if they forgot or of they got stuck in traffic, this can be easily fixed. They will want to call the Santa Clara bail bonds agent as quickly as possible. The bondsman will be able to give them a piece of paper called a reassumption of liability. This will need to be taken to the court. It will allow for the warrant to be lifted, the bond to be reinstated and for the case to be put back on the calender.
On the other hand, if the defendant missed court on purpose and decided to flee, this is where problems can arise. The bondsman and the person who cosigned the Santa Clara bail bonds agreement form will have 180 days to get them back into the system. If a bounty hunter, or fugitive recovery agent, needs to be hired, the cosigner will be liable for covering that cost.
If the defendant cannot be captured and returned to court within that time frame the bondsman and the cosigner will be on the hook to pay their full bail amount to the court as a penalty. In addition, if the cosigner put up collateral, it will be considered forfeited.
The good news is that the percentage of people who skip bail is very low. The national skip rate is less than 2%. This is not to say it never happens. If the person in custody is someone you don’t really know, or if they have called you out of the blue after a long period of time, you might want to think twice about signing for them.