Skipping out on the court date when you’ve been bailed out of jail is a serious matter. It means that a warrant is immediately going to be issued for your arrest and, of course, you’re not going to get bailed out a second time. If you’re considering doing this, don’t. You’re not going to get far and you’re going to make the situation even worse.
Unfortunately, some of the people who do skip out on bail were bailed out by family members or friends who decided to get them out of jail so that they could get their case together, keep their job and take care of everything else that they couldn’t take care of while they were behind bars. If someone does this, there are some things to keep in mind.
Don’t Harbor Them
Some people who decide to skip out on bail may ask friends or family members to harbor them. Remember that this is a crime in and of itself. This isn’t anything like doing something a little bit shady, but not exactly criminal, such as being asked to not tell a collections agency someone’s phone number, even if you do know it. Harboring a fugitive is a crime and you can get in very real trouble for doing so. If you’re being jilted into harboring someone, remember that the person is asking you to risk getting thrown in jail; they’re not just asking you for a simple favor.
Talk to the Bondsman
The bail bondsman is going to face financial liability if the defendant skips out on their court date. You’ll want to make certain that the bail bondsman does not associate this with you. The easiest way to do this is to simply contact the bail bondsman right away and let them know that there’s a problem. Give them all the information you have on the person’s whereabouts.
If someone skips out on their bail, it’s likely that the police and bail agents are going to be looking for that person. They very well may show up at your house asking questions. They’re not doing this because they’re accusing you of harboring anyone, you’re simply the best contact for this person, given that you bail them out of jail in the first place. If you don’t know where they are and you’re not doing anything to try to hide them, you’re not doing anything wrong. If you do try to hide them, however, you very well may find yourself in need of bail at some point.