Forfeiting or jumping bail is a very serious offense – along with the original crime, it is considered another, separate criminal offense that has its own charges. Furthermore, the failure to appear at your court hearing will result in the immediate forfeiture of your bail and the issuance of a warrant for your arrest. The consequences of all these actions are many and we will take a look at what might happen if you forfeit or jump bail.
The first thing to consider if you are thinking about not showing up for your court hearing is that an immediate warrant for your arrest will be issued – that means that you will constantly have to live with one eye looking over your shoulder. If you are ever stopped for any reason, you face the prospect of being thrown back into jail with no chance of getting out again until your case is heard in court.
The next thing to think about before jumping bail is the fact that whatever has been put up as collateral for your bond will be forfeit in order to fulfill the wishes of the court. Therefore, if a friend or relative has put up their house, car or other valuables as a bond, they will face losing them. If you made use of a bail bonds agent, then you will have to somehow repay them for the money that they are out – if the bond they put up for you is $100,000, then you will have to find a way to repay that. If you are unable to pay it, then they will most likely send a bounty hunter after you and many will even press charges against you to recover the money lost.
Overall, forfeiting bail is not a good idea. The number of negative consequences that it entails should make anyone considering such an option think twice.