What Happens If You Don't Pay Your Bail Bond?

What are the consequences for not paying bail bonds? Learn here at Delco Bail Bonds.
If you or a loved one have been arrested and are facing criminal charges, posting bail is the first step to getting out of jail. But what happens if you can't pay the full bail amount? In these situations, you may choose to use a bail bond service. However, understanding the consequences of not paying your bail bond is crucial in order to remain compliant with the law and avoid any further issues.

At Delco Bail Bonds, we can provide you with a comprehensive look at the ramifications of not paying your bail bond so that you can better understand what could happen if you don't comply with the requirements set forth by your court. Let us help you navigate the legal system with confidence and ease. 

The Bail Bond Process

The bail bond process is simple. The court will set bail at an amount that is determined in part by the severity of your crime and by the calculated risk factor of you fulfilling your obligation to show up to court. For example, somebody with close family in the area may have a lower bail than somebody who is far from family because they are less likely to run.

The bail bonds dealer will post bail on your behalf. You will pay a 10% deposit (this is how they make their money), which is not refundable. The rest of the amount will typically be secured with some kind of collateral. If you show up, the bail bonds dealer gets their money back. If not, then the court keeps their money, which means the bail bonds dealer will now attempt to recoup it.

What Are The Consequences If You Don't Pay Back A Bail Bond Dealer?

First, the bond dealer can claim any collateral you, a friend, or a family member, have put up. However, there may be other consequences, especially if the bond dealer cannot retrieve the property.

There are a couple of other things which could happen:
  • Your account could go to collections. This is typically the case if you have a payment plan for the 10% (because you didn't have it in ready cash). Collections can legally harass you by multiple means of communication.
  • The court could revoke your bail, meaning that in addition to owing the bail bonds dealer, you may go back to jail when caught and have to stay there until the end of the trial.

What Action Can a Bonds Dealer Take Against You?

It's in a bail bonds dealer's interest to ensure that you make your court dates as well as pay your deposit. In fact, a bond dealer may remind you about your court date or even show up to escort you to court. However, as long as you keep your end of the bargain and go to court, your bail bond dealer is ultimately on your side. They want their money back and have a reputation to uphold. They will help you if needed to ensure you can make all your court dates.

However, if you do skip out on a court hearing, then the bonds dealer can send a fugitive team to get you. These bounty hunters can forcibly bring you to court. The exact actions they can take depend on the laws of the state or county where you are. They can often enter your property without a warrant (but typically cannot enter anyone else's), although they don't have the immunity of the police. In most cases, they will find you, even if you flee to another state - these bounty hunters catch 90% of the fugitives that jump bail.

Not going to court will turn your bail bonds dealer into your enemy. However, if you play by the rules and show up, they will support you, and you will benefit from their experience navigating the court system and helping you move through it without hassle.

Contact Delco Bail Bonds for a Stress-Free Bail Bond Experience

When you're dealing with the stress of being arrested and facing criminal charges, navigating the legal system on your own can be overwhelming. That's where Delco Bail Bonds comes in. We are available 24/7 to help you get out of jail as quickly as possible.

We understand this is a difficult time for you and your loved ones, and we strive to make the bail bond experience as stress-free as possible. We are flexible about payment terms and collateral and will work with you to find the best solution for your situation.

If you or someone you know is being held with bail posted, don't hesitate to contact us immediately. Let us help you through this tough time and get you back to your life.
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