It can be surprisingly easy to accidentally miss a court date. In some cases, failure to appear can be intentional. However, failing to appear in court is highly inadvisable, and carries severe repercussions. If you or a loved one are facing a failure to appear in NC, Around the Clock Bail Bonds is here to help you through it. We understand the stress and pressure that comes with facing jail time. When someone fails to appear in court, it is not the end of the road. We are always on your side.
Why do people fail to appear in court?
It is very important to always appear in court on your assigned date. However, some people try to evade the process. On the other hand, some failures to appear are entirely by accident. Whether it is intentional or accidental failure to appear, a warrant will be issued for the accused person’s arrest. Truthfully, once a warrant is issued, it is very unlikely that you will not be apprehended. If you miss your court date, the most advisable thing to do is turn yourself in before you are stopped and arrested. However, there are steps you can take to avoid the more severe consequences, and we can help.
What can I do if I have failed to appear?
Though the charge may be serious, there are steps you can take to lessen the consequences. For instance, if you agree to fully cooperate, your lawyer can contact the court and demand that they recall the warrant. If you are arrested on an old outstanding warrant, it is possible to argue that it be dismissed for lack of evidence. The legal system is not always against you. Where there is help to be given, your attorney will work to find it for you. Now the issues you face are in dealing with your bail.
What happens to my bail if I fail to appear in court?
As per any bond agreement, you are to show up in court on your assigned date. This fulfills the agreement you took out with your bond agency. The position of the bond agency was to post your bail in return for your cooperation in court. If you fail to adhere to these terms, there are consequences with your agency. Once you fail to appear in court, you have now entered bond forfeiture. Bond forfeiture means that any money the agency posted on your behalf is now gone. You must pay back the bond in full. In the state of North Carolina, there are exceptions to these terms. There is a 150 day grace period for the defendant to contact their agency and attempt to work things out. If you are charged with a separate crime and are held at another facility, that is the only acceptable excuse for failing to appear in court. If that is not the case,. you may have forfeited your bond. There can then be a bond forfeiture hearing, unless an agreement is reached outside of court. It is always better to be vigilant in appearing in court. Nothing is ever made better by failing to appear.
Remember, we are always here to help with Failure to Appear NC
Around the Clock Bail Bonds will always work to ensure you receive the best service and outcome possible. If you or a loved one are facing a failure to appear charge, it is not too late to ask for help. We have over 15 years of experience in dealing with bail bonds. At Around the Clock Bail Bonds, we are ready for anything. Call us with any further questions or concerns. Open 24 hours, we are always here to help.