Keeping track of dates and times and managing a schedule is a trait that comes easily to some people, but sadly, not at all to others. While forgetting a lunch date or occasionally showing up at work on the wrong day are relatively minor problems that often plague disorganized people, missing a scheduled court can take the problem to a new and painful level.
In fact, forgetfulness that causes you to miss your court date can have serious legal consequences, including having an existing bail bond revoked. If you struggle with being on time and have now missed an important court date because of it, this information can help you remedy the situation and get your life back on track.
Notify your bail bond agent as quickly as possible
If you have missed a court date for any reason, you will need to contact your bail bond agent as quickly as possible. Failing to do so will mean that the bail bond company will begin efforts to locate you and begin recovery efforts for the remainder of your total bond amount. Depending on the crimes you have been charged with, and other circumstances of your case, your bail bond agent may be able to help you turn yourself in and work toward having your bond reinstated.
Have your attorney check warrant status
While the amount of time can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, the chances are good that a missed court date will lead to the quick issuance of a warrant for your arrest. This means that you could be physically arrested at any time, a situation that will only complicate your legal issues, as well as potentially embarrassing you and your family on a personal and professional level.
To help avoid both these complications, you should also contact your attorney as soon as you realize your mistake. They can check your active warrant status and contact the court on your behalf. If an arrest warrant is already active, they can accompany you when you surrender to law enforcement and help you explore your available legal options.
If this is the first time you have missed a court date, and your charges are not related to violent or serious crimes, chances are good that jail time can be avoided and your bail bond reinstated.
Your bail bond agent is your first point of contact for any questions you may have about your bond. Most provide emergency contact information to make it easier for their bond clients to reach them in this or other types of urgent situations. For more information, contact your local bail bondsman.