If you helped arrange Pacifica bail bonds for a friend or family member, there are several things you will want to keep in mind. First and foremost, you have taken legal responsibility that the defendant will go to court. Failing to appear is a serious offense and should not be taken lightly. It also comes with consequences.
The first is that the judge will revoke the defendant’s bond. They will then issue a bench warrant for that person’s immediate arrest. A person with a warrant can be arrested on any day at any time. Warrants are good throughout the entire United States and they never expire. In addition, there are some instances where warrant checks are routinely performed without people knowing it. People who travel to Mexico or Canada may be subject to a warrant screen when they reenter the country. The same holds true for people who are traveling on cruise ships and for those who are returning to the US on an international flight. Have you been pulled over for a routine traffic stop? You may be surprised to learn that the officer might have checked to see if there is anything you’re wanted for. Yikes!
Missing court is never advised but if the defendant failed to appear because they got lost, they were having car troubles or they simply forgot, this can be fixed. They will want to contact the bondsman right away and ask for a reassumption of liability. This is a document that will need to be taken to the court. It will allow for the warrant to be lifted, the bond to be reinstated and for the matter to be rescheduled.
On the other hand, if the defendant is a willful fugitive from justice, this is where things can get a bit sticky. If they are rearrested because of the warrant there a few things that will happen. First, their bail amount will likely increase. Second, the cost to hire a bondsman will also go up. Lastly, the initial bondsman might decline to help out altogether. If they do decide to help and didn’t require collateral before, they are all but guaranteed to require it the second time around. Additional cosigners who either have good credit or who own homes may be needed.
If someone you know has been arrested by a member of the Pacifica Police Department and you have additional questions about how Pacifica bail bonds work, be sure to contact a reputable bondsman you can trust.