When you have been released from jail on bail, it is mandatory that the defendant shows up to court on their specific court date. However, there are instances when individuals decide to jump bail and not show up to court. If this happens, there tend to be three things that will happen if you or a loved one jumps bail.
Warrant of Arrest
If you or a loved one jump bail, the first thing to happen will be a warrant for your arrest. If you or your family member/friend is caught and brought back to jail, it is very unlikely that they will be able to post bail again.
When you or someone posts bail, you or the bail bondsmen typically have to pay 10% of the bond amount. When you jump bail, you essential forfeit your bail, meaning you lose that 10% you put down and have to pay the full amount. If a family member or friend paid the amount of the bail, they are now responsible for paying it in full.
More Charges Are Added
If you jump bail in the state of Texas, it is considered a crime. Depending on what type of crime you were originally booked for, they will add on fees and jail/prison time. If you were charged with a C misdemeanor, your fee will be $500 and a Class C misdemeanor. If you jumped bail for a Class A or B misdemeanor, you can land yourself in jail for a year. For jumping bail when you have a felony charge, that can lead to 10 years in prison.
If you or someone you know needs bail bond services in Austin, TX, call ATX Bail Bonds at 512.834.2245 today.