Suppose you violate bail conditions in any way, e.g., fail to show up in court, commit another crime, and/or get arrested again. In that case, your bail will be revoked, and you will most likely be taken into custody and put back in jail.
If you violate the conditions of your bail bond, the consequences will depend on the terms of the bail bond and the severity of the violation. Some common consequences of violating bail bond terms include:
- Revocation of bail: The court may revoke your bail, which means that you will be taken back into custody and will have to remain in jail until your trial.
- Additional charges: You may be charged with additional crimes related to the violation, such as failure to appear or contempt of court.
- Increased bail amount: The court may increase the amount of bail required for your release, making it more difficult to secure your release from jail.
- Loss of collateral: If you used collateral to secure your bail bonds, such as property or cash, it might be seized by the court if you violate the terms of the bond.
- Forfeiture of the bond: The bail bond agency can file a forfeiture of the bond, meaning that they will lose the money they paid to the court as a guarantee of your appearance.
- Warrants: If the violation is severe or you fail to appear in court, a warrant for your arrest may be issued.
Understand the terms of your bail bond and abide by them to try to avoid these types of consequences. If you are unsure about the terms of your bail bond or if you believe you may have violated the terms, you should contact your bail bond agent for guidance.
What if Someone Co-Signed For You?
If someone co-signed for you and you cannot pay, the bail money or collateral will be collected from your co-signer. See what happens to your bail bond co-signer here.
As already mentioned, you will also need to pay a service fee, which is usually 10% percent of the bail amount, and it is not refundable.