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How to Handle Someone Skipping Bail


When a bond agent posts bail on your behalf to get a friend or family member out of jail, it acts as a guarantee that the person will show up in court. But what are the consequences if they don’t appear? Here is what happens when someone skips out on bail and how to handle the situation. If you have a family member, or close friend that needs an Indianapolis bail bond agent, call us at 317-279-6854.

Know What is at Stake

If you use a bail agency to get someone out of jail and do not appear in court, everyone will lose. First off, your bondsman will not recover any of the money they posted on your behalf for the accused. The bonding agency may then repossess any items you may have put up as collateral, such as:

  • Property
  • Vehicles
  • Valuables



First Notice and Grace Period

As soon as your friend or family member misses their court date, the judge will notify the bail bond agent and issue an arrest warrant. Depending on the charges against the accused, your bond agent may be able to lobby for a grace period of up to 90 days. This will allow more time to find the defendant and turn them over to the police, which may release your bond from default.

Hire a Bounty Hunter

If your bail bond agent cannot locate the person for whom you posted bail, they may hire a bounty hunter. The professional that will pursue the defendant using legal resources and book them into custody is a fugitive recovery agent. Afterward, you may still have the opportunity to fill out the necessary paperwork to get your bond out of delinquency and retain ownership of the collateral.