What happens if you jump bail in your criminal case?

On Behalf of | Jun 14, 2023 | Criminal Defense |

Thousands of Americans find themselves on the wrong side of the law each year. While some cases are dropped by either the police or the courts, others end up in a trial. Depending on the nature of the crime, you may be released on bail while awaiting the determination of your case.

However, bail is usually a conditional release. Thus, if you are out on bail, it is important that understand and obey the conditions set out by the bail terms, including honoring court dates. Failing to appear in court for your trial or “jumping bail” can land you in trouble.

Here are some of the possible consequences of jumping bail during your criminal trial.

Your bail will most likely be revoked

Missing court will most likely lead to the revocation of your bail. The same may happen if you violate the terms of your bail like traveling out of state without the court’s approval, committing another crime while on bail or interfering with investigations. Upon your bail’s revocation, the court will issue a bench warrant against you, and this means that you will spend the rest of your trial period behind bars.

The bails bond company will come for you

Once a bench warrant is issued against you, the court will require you to surrender to the police. If you do not, or if your bond company cannot reach you, then you will be declared a fugitive. At this point, either the police or the bail enforcement agents will come after you.

You will forfeit your bail money

Jumping bail will automatically result in the forfeiture of your bail money. And this means that you will owe the bail company that bonded you. Ultimately, this will add to your legal costs.

Protecting your rights

Jumping bail is a big deal. Sometimes, however, this may happen due to unavoidable circumstances. Learning more about Nebraska criminal defense can help you defend yourself and protect your rights if you miss your court appearance.