The Consequences Of A Defendant Failing To Appear In A Newport Beach Court

Being released on a bail bond is very beneficial for many defendants. It gives them the chance to return home to their families, continue on in their job, and lead normal every day lives until their court appearance. Let’s face it, this sounds a lot better than having to stay in custody. Using a bail bonds firm such as ours to assist with securing bail, is always a great idea.

Newport Beach Bail Bonds is a professional, and compassionate bail bonds company and we only employ the most experienced bail bond agents in the industry. Our top priority is our clients.

When Newport Beach Bail Bonds has been contacted to assist with the release of a defendant, we will require some paperwork to be completed by either the defendant, and/or a co-signer. This makes the person, or persons signing, responsible for making sure the defendant shows up at all scheduled court dates.

If as a defendant, you know you are not going to be able to meet one or more of the obligations you have agreed to in your bail bond agreement, you need to contact our office immediately! We may be able to make some arrangements for you, and save you from having your bail completely revoked. Not contacting anyone at all, and just appearing to ‘disappear,’ can have dire consequences.

If a defendant does not appear in court, also referred to as an “FTA” (Failure to appear), and have not notified anyone with a reasonable excuse, the judge can forfeit your bail, and issue a California bench warrant for your arrest. If a cash bail was paid, it will not be returned under this circumstance. If you used a bail bond with a company such as ours, we will immediately seek reimbursement from you, and then from your co-signer.

If you do happen to appear within the 180 days limit of the notice of bail forfeiture, and have a satisfactory excuse as to why your failed to appear, the court may vacate, and exonerate the bond. Below are just a few reasons that may be accepted as a satisfactory excuse, and of course, proof will need to be provided:

  • Disability

  • Severe Illness

  • Insanity

  • Being held in custody by another jurisdiction

In the event that cash bail was posted, it will be applied to any penalties if you suffer a conviction, which also includes fines, and/or restitution.

If a defendant can not be located within the 180 days, a bail bonds company may actually hire the services of a Bounty Hunter. If this is the case, the defendant and/or co-signer could also be responsible for the fees and expenses for the bounty hunter as well.

In short, if you are a defendant, and have used a bail bonds company to secure your release from custody, then it is highly advisable to adhere to the terms and conditions of the bail bond agreement. Failing to do so will be detrimental to you, your family, and whoever has co-signed the agreement.

If you need the best bail bonds company in the industry, call us immediately on (949) 424-0390. We will be there to help you, right when you need us the most, no matter what hour of the day or night. You can also read even more valuable information on our website.