Prior to posting a bail bond in Connecticut, customers often ask this question, what happens if the defendant does not appear in court? This is an important question by those signing responsibility for someone’s bail. before we answer it, you should know that everyone who contacts 3-D Bail Bonds has a chance to be bonded out and as a result, this person is expected to attend all court hearings. Of course, some may miss their court date unintentionally.
What Happens After a Person Out on Bail Missed a Court Hearing in Connecticut?
The circumstances of the person missing court may be different from another defendant, nonetheless the procedure by the Connecticut judicial system and bail bond companies is the same.
- Defendant missed court
- Defendant has a re-arrest warrant
- Bail company is responsible for bail amount
- What to expect as a cosigner
- A defendant cannot be found, Bail Enforcement Agents (BEA) get a call
Defendant does not appear in court
If you heard that the defendant missed court. You could contact him and find out the reason he missed court in the first place. If you cannot get a hold of him, contact the bail company or bail agent who posted the bond and notify them of the situation.
Most bail bonding companies have enough information to contact the defendant’s cosigners and friends to find out whether they are avoiding the person or they are on the run.
Defendant has a re-arrest warrant
In the meantime, the defendant now received a failure to appear charge on top of any other charges because he did not appear to his court hearing. In a few words, this means that he has an active warrant to be re-arrested. This warrant must be served or vacated. It doesn’t go away. The bondsman in most cases will re-bond the individual if they TSI or turn themselves in. The defendant doesn’t want to be constantly looking over their shoulder so this is good for them as well. Judges also often take mercy on those who TSI.
Bail company is responsible for bail amount
Bail companies are fully responsible for someone’s bail bond along with the cosigners and the defendant himself. So in order to protect their investment, once they heard a defendant missed court for no good reason; they will contact their bail enforcement agents for help. When a defendant does not appear in court he or she violates an important bail condition, however there may be more conditions you should pay close attention.
What to expect as a cosigner
As a cosigner, you should expect to get contacted by the bail company and BEA agents as a first resource. They can ask you questions about the defendant’s whereabouts, jobs, and plans. Communicating with the bail company is very important for you as a cosigner, the agents are on your side protecting your investment too. If they are unsuccessful, the cosigner will owe the bond. These forfeited monies end up in the State of Connecticut’s General Fund.
A defendant cannot be found, Bail Enforcement Agents get a call
Bail Enforcement Agents will invest time and resources to bring the accused back to court.
Learn more about what happens if the defendant does not appear in court by speaking to a licensed bail bondsman at 3-D Bail Bonds. If you are in this situation right now or know someone who is, please contact us at 860-247-2245, we are open 24 hours, 7 days. To learn more about what not to do after the bail is posted check this article. Visit our website and follow our bail blog for more tips and free bail bond resources.