When a person is released from custody on San Mateo bail bonds they will still need to have their case decided by a judge. In most cases their first court appearance is pushed back by approximately 30 days.
This appearance is the defendant’s most important responsibility. They should arrive early, be dressed appropriately and bring any information or evidence they can. Failing to appear is a very serious offense. It is not something that should be taken lightly.
Defendants who fail to appear will have their bond revoked. The judge will also issue a bench warrant for their immediate arrest.
If they miss court because their car broke down, they got lost or they forgot to set their alarm, this is fixable. The first thing they will want to do is contact their San Mateo bail bonds representative. This person will be able to provide them with a piece of paper called a reassumption of liability. This will need to be brought to the court. It will allow the bond to be reinstated, for the warrant to be lifted and for the case to be put back on the calender.
If the defendant missed court on purpose, this is where things can become a bit complicated.
The accused will want to remember that warrants do not have an expiration date. They do not expire and will not go away until the legal matter is cleared up. Warrants are also good in all 50 states. If a person has a warrant they can be arrested on any day at any time for any reason.
Law enforcement officials conduct warrant searches on people all the time. It happens during routine traffic stops, on passengers who are driving over international borders, at airports on persons who are traveling to and/or from international destinations and on cruise ships at ports of call. In early 2013, for example, a mother of 3 was arrested and booked into a Florida jail while she was on vacation with her family. She had a years-old warrant that was never cleared up. This woman spent over a week behind bars.
When a defendant skips San Mateo bail bonds the bondsman and the person who cosigned the bail bonds contract will have 180 days to get them back into the system. If this effort is unsuccessful they will be on the hook to pay the full bail amount to the court as a penalty. The cosigner will also be liable for covering any and all fees related to hiring a fugitive recovery agent, or bounty hunter.
The bottom line is that the defendant will want to take their San Mateo bail bonds responsibilities very seriously.