Jail After Being Bailed Out

After being arrested and detained, a judge will set bail in order to allow an accused person to be released from jail until their trial date. Bail is typically in the form of cash, a bond, or property that is promised to the court as an assurance that the defendant will return to attend their court dates. If a defendant doesn’t show up for their court dates, they are a fugitive and the courts will seek to return any property that was posted for them. This is why it’s important that a person who is bailed out of jail for a criminal case or immigration bond attends all of their court dates and is prepared to do so.

If you or a loved one is being held in jail, a San Diego bail bondsman can help you post a bail bond for their release from jail. This process involves a contractual undertaking between the bail bond company, the co-signer or defendant, and the bail agent that the bail agent will guarantee to the court that the defendant will appear in court for all of their scheduled dates. The bail bond company will charge a fee for their services, which is usually a percentage of the total amount of the bail, and in some cases, they may require collateral for this service as well.

In some instances, a judge will agree to release a defendant on their own recognizance (O.R.) without setting a bail amount. This usually happens when the defendant is facing a low-level crime or they aren’t considered to be a flight risk.

Can You Still Go to Jail After Being Bailed Out?

Regardless of whether you or your loved one qualify for an O.R. release, it’s important that you both show up for all of your court dates in order to avoid going back to jail. If you or a loved one misses your first court date, the judge will likely put out a warrant for your arrest, and this will be followed by another bail hearing where the judge will decide whether to give you another chance at posting bail this time around.

When you or a loved one misses a court date, the court will notify the bail bond company that was responsible for posting the bond. This means that the bail bond company will then contact their fugitive recovery agent/bounty hunter, and they will work to bring the defendant into custody. In some cases, the fugitive will attempt to hide out in order to avoid being caught by the bounty hunters.

If the fugitive is found and brought into custody, this will place their bail bond in default. This will cause the bail bond company to lose the money that they were given as security for the bond and it could also put any other personal property that was used as collateral at risk of foreclosure. Once the case is over and the bail bond company receives their money back from the court, it’s the defendant’s responsibility to pay the premium for the bond, even if they are found guilty or not.