What Happens If I Miss Court?
Updated: Jan 9
People miss court for all kinds of reasons, some intentional and some not. The most common intentional reason is because they are afraid they will be thrown back in jail. However, that is almost never the truth, especially if you have posted a bail bond with a bondsman. The Bail Bondsman has guaranteed your appearance at every court date using money. If you don’t show up, he may have to pay the full amount of the bond.
Showing up to court is what KEEPS YOU OUT OF JAIL when you have been released on bail.
Suppose you haven’t yet hired an attorney or don’t have enough money to pay your fines. In most cases a judge will give you a stern warning and reschedule or force you to set up a payment plan.
Failing to appear while released on bond will quickly turn a simple problem into a VERY BIG PROBLEM. There be another warrant issued for your arrest, your bond will most certainly increase and you may be forced to stay in jail until you see a judge to set your bail again.
You may be charged with a felony for Bail Jumping if you don’t resolve the issue with your Bail Bondsman as soon as possible.
This can result in your information being submitted to national databases and causing you to be extraditable from all states. As with any time you fail to appear while on bond, the bail will be forfeited and the bail bondsman may be forced to pay the full amount of your original bail to the court. That’s when things get really messy.
If you have been released on bail with Good Guys Bail Bonds in Canadian County, Mustang, Yukon, El Reno or any other jurisdiction within the state of Oklahoma, and you have failed to appear or missed a court date, it is imperative that you contact us right away to discuss your options.
Most of the time we are forgiving and we can arrange a walk-thru to get you a new court date while resolving the warrant.
The moral of the story is this. DO NOT MISS COURT! Plan to show up an hour early. It is likely that you will need to check in before seeing the judge and there could be quite a few people waiting. If you plan to arrive right on time and there is traffic, or an accident, or a flat tire, you may be sending yourself back to jail, so plan ahead!
Remember, it is always a good idea to call your Bail Bondsman the day before court and immediately after.
Staying in contact with your bondsman eases his mind and he will be more likely to help you again if something unexpected happens.
As always, if you have an outstanding warrant in Canadian County, Oklahoma County, Cleveland County, Kingfisher County or even Mustang, El Reno, Yukon or most other jurisdictions in Oklahoma, do not hesitate to give us a call. We are always eager to help!