FAQ: What happens if the defendant skips court?
Any time a defendant misses court, this is called “Failure to Appear” (FTA) and a warrant will be issued for their arrest. If the missed court date was purely accidental or if there were special circumstances (i.e. illness, accident), then contact your Contra Costa bail bondsman and the court immediately. Usually, another date can be scheduled without other issues.
The bondsman and the person who signed the bail bond contract are responsible to get the defendant back into the court system within six months. If the defendant cannot be located, the signer, called an indemnitor, will be financially responsible for paying the entire bail amount if the defendant does not return to court. Keep in mind that this would be a situation where the defendant is actively evading court proceedings. It is very rare that a defendant does not simply go to court and address their charges and even more rare that they cannot be found by the bondsman.
For more information or questions about a missed court date, contact a bondsman from Adelante Bail Bonds of Contra Costa at 1-925-231-4307.