When a person is bailed out of jail in Contra Costa County, this is not to say their legal matters are over. They will still need to return to court at a predetermined date and time in order to have their case resolved. When someone “skips bail” and fails to appear in Contra Costa criminal court, there are a number of consequences. The first is that the judge will issue a warrant for their immediate arrest. This means the defendant can be arrested at any place, at any time, for any reason. Airports, ports of entry and persons pulled over for moving violations are frequently screened for warrants.
Their bail bond will be considered “forfeited” and their bondsman will be notified they did not go to court.
At this point the bondsman makes every attempt to contact the defendant at their home, place of work and may seek out the assistance of the defendant’s friends and family. If someone misses court due to a simple mistake, this can be quickly and easily resolved. The bondsman will provide them a piece of paper called a reassumption of liability. This need to be taken to the court and will allow the warrant to be lifted, the bond to be reinstated and the defendant’s court date to be rescheduled.
If the defendant cannot be located the person who signed the bail bonds contract will be contacted for assistance to help find them. The good news is that the national failure-to-appear rate is very low, approximately 2%. However, if you are thinking about bailing someone out and you have concerns they will skip bail, you may want to reconsider moving forward with a bond.