If you get arrested in LA and cannot post your entire bail, a friend or family member can put the money up for a portion of it through a Los Angeles bail bonds agency. This means that you can stay out of jail until the date of your court hearing. The idea, however, is that you will show up to court. Some defendants are too scared of being prosecuted or charged when the day finally comes that they miss the appointment entirely, or worse – run.
When someone fails to appear in court after posting bail, this is commonly referred to as bail jumping or skipping bail. Failure to appear in court is considered a crime in and of itself. Consequences include forfeiting the bond that was already paid to free you from jail, continuing to face pending charges for the original crime, and possibly facing new charge for skipping bail.
Forfeit of Bond
When your friend went to the Los Angeles bail bonds agency to free you from jail, it was on good faith that you would appear in court for your hearing. If cash had been deposited to the court and the defendant did make all of the court appearances, a full refund of the deposit would be issued. If you broke that promise and decided to miss any scheduled appearances, your bond will be deemed non-refundable and all cash would be forfeited.
As you have yet to face a court of law, you will still have pending charges for the initial crime. Nothing changes with regard to the original case. The only difference is that you have now put yourself in a position to face additional charges for a new crime of bail jumping.
The legal consequences of bail jumping are dependent on the severity of the original crime of which you have been accused. For example, if you are accused of a misdemeanor, then the additional charges for skipping bail would also be a misdemeanor. If your case involves a felony, then the additional charges would be considered felony, as well.
If you did miss your court date for any reason, including fear of the consequences, it may not be too late to fix your mistake. If you have not yet been arrested for bail jumping, you may be able to reschedule your court date. Your best bet would be to hire a lawyer for the expertise and support. Legal help can go a long way with convincing the judge to drop the warrant and move forward in the hearing process as if the original court date did not exist. Not only that, but representation would give you a better chance of having the original charges dismissed altogether.