What Happens If I Miss My Court Date?

Navigating the arrest and bail process can be confusing enough, but there is still more to think about. Most importantly, after you bail out of jail, it is essential that you show up for your court date. Whether you intentionally jump bail or miss it by accident, here’s what happens if you miss your court date.

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More Fines

Missing your court date costs you money. The judge will most likely impose more fines on you for failing to appear in court. Plus, if you put down any collateral for your bail bond, the bail agent may sell it. If you gave up the title to a car or other valuable, this can cost you serious money.

Warrant For Arrest

Failure to appear is a criminal charge, and the judge may issue a warrant for your arrest. When this happens, it’s best to contact a lawyer and your bail agent to resolve the warrant. If an emergency or accident prevented you from showing up in court, you should contact them immediately. In some cases, a judge will consider your excuse for missing court and you might not be fined.

Bail Enforcement And Bounty Hunters

Once you miss your court date and a warrant is issued for your arrest, the police and your bail agent will seek to apprehend you. A bounty hunter may search for you, contacting friends and relatives in order to arrest you and return you to jail. Once you are arrested again, you will not be able to bail out of jail again.

If you’ve missed your court date or need to check when it is, contact Nashville Bonding Company at 615-255-1800. We’ll do our best to get you out jail quickly.