When a defendant is arrested and booked into one of the county’s detention facilities they will want to work on arranging bail bonds for the Riverside jails.
People who are bonded out need to remember one very important thing. The first is that they still have future responsibilities with regard to their case. They are not off scot-free because they are no longer behind bars. They will still need to go to court on a set date and time in order to have the matter decided by a judge.
If they have been charged with a relatively minor offense they might only have one court date. On the other hand, if they are accused of something very serious, they will probably have multiple hearings. It is important they attend each one.When a defendant skips court a few things will happen. The first is that the judge will revoke their bond. A bench warrant will then be issued for the defendant’s immediate arrest.Some people do not take warrants very seriously. This is a very big mistake. Warrants never expire and they are good in all areas of the country. People are screened all the time without even knowing it. It happens during routine traffic stops, on airline passengers who are flying to and from international destinations and on cruise ships at ports of call. Persons who are crossing over Canadian and Mexican borders are also screened.
There have been many occasions where people find themselves arrested for a warrant that was issued many years ago. Fugitives can be arrested on any day at any time for any reason.If the defendant missed court because of a mistake they will want to contact their bondsman as quickly as possible. The bondsman will give them a piece of paper called a reassumption of liability (ROL). This will need to be brought to the court.An ROL will allow the warrant to be lifted, the bond to be reinstated and for the the court case to be put back on the calender. If the defendant missed court because they have no intention of resolving their legal matters, this is when things can become hairy. The bondsman and the person who cosigned the bail bonds agreement form will have up to 180 days to get this person back into custody.
The cosigner will be liable to cover all costs related to the defendant’s capture. If the bondsman needs to hire a fugitive recovery agent, or bounty hunter, the cosigner will be responsible for covering that tab. These fees can quickly climb into the tens of thousands of dollars. If the efforts to find this person are unsuccessful the bondsman and the cosigner will be on the hook for the full bail amount. This will need to be paid to the court as a penalty. If the cosigner posted collateral it will be considered forfeited. The bottom line is that skipping out on bail bonds at the Riverside jails is a very serious matter and should be avoided at all costs.