Do You Get a Bond for Failure to Appear?

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Do you get a bond for failure to appear?

Failure to appear in court after your release from jail is a serious issue. After all, if you were released on bond or on your own recognizance, you were released because you promised to make your court date. When you’ve failed to appear, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. You can face further charges, including “default in required appearance,” and spend time in jail before you go to court. 

Moreover, the bail money you posted will be forfeited to the state, and a new bail amount may be set. This new amount is often considerably higher than the previous amount of bail, and the judge may set conditions and restrictions that may limit what you can do. Because you’ve now shown evidence that you are a flight risk, the judge may determine not to set bail, and you will have to remain in jail until the next available hearing.

If you’ve been arrested for failure to appear in Lebanon and Reading, PA and bail has been set, the team at  Bail Shop, LLC may be able to help you with the bond. Find out how we can help by calling 888-224-5711. Remember, appearing in court is your duty once you are bonded out. We will make every effort to ensure you meet your court date.

What happens when you get a failure to appear?

Even if you have a good reason for your failure to appear in court, unless you’ve contacted the court beforehand and made other arrangements, the court can issue a bench warrant for your arrest. Depending on how serious of a crime you’re charged with, the judge may ask law enforcement to arrest you at any time and anywhere, whether you are at work, school or elsewhere. You can be charged with failure to appear along with your previous charges. If your previous charges are serious, because you’ve proven a flight risk, no bail may be set and you’ll have to remain in jail until your next court hearing.

Is failure to appear a misdemeanor or felony?

Failure to appear can be either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the underlying charge. In Pennsylvania, the failure to appear charge will be “default in required appearance,” which will either be a second-degree misdemeanor or third-degree felony, depending on the circumstances.

How long do you go to jail for failure to appear?

The amount of jail time that you can receive for failure to appear will depend on whether previous charges were a misdemeanor or felony offense. If they were a misdemeanor, you can receive a maximum fine of $1,000 and up to 6 months in county jail. For a felony, the amount of jail time will vary, depending on if you posted bail previously. If you posted bail, you’ll be fined a minimum of $10,000 and receive jail or prison time amounting to 16 months or two, three, or four years.

Is failure to appear a bench warrant

Judges often issue bench warrants for failure to appear. This is a warrant for your arrest that’s issued by the judge in the courtroom when it becomes clear you are not going to appear for your assigned court date. Bench warrants are as valid as any other arrest warrants, and law enforcement can execute them at any time or anywhere. They can come to your home, to your school, or even to your place of employment.

Do failure to appear warrants expire

Once a bench warrant has been issued for failure to appear, it does not expire. You can be arrested at any time and anywhere. Even if you move, you can still be arrested. The warrant is good until you die or the judge decides to recall it for some reason. 

Does failure to appear go on your record

If you are convicted for failure to appear, the charge is a criminal offense and will be placed on your criminal record. It can also affect conditions of your release if you are ever jailed again on criminal charges. Additionally, it will appear on background checks.

Can a failure to appear be dismissed?

It is possible for failure to appear to be dismissed. 

You can either:

  • Appear in court yourself. You must appear in the court where the warrant was issued. Do not turn yourself in to the police or you will be arrested.
  • Allow your attorney to appear for you (normally only on misdemeanor charges)
  • Appear in court with your attorney.
  • A charge may also be dismissed if there was a failure to enter the warrant in the correct database.

Failure to appear in civil court

Although civil court and criminal court cases differ greatly, under certain circumstances, you can be held in contempt of court for failure to appear, and a bench warrant may be issued for your arrest. This normally happens only if you were subpoenaed to appear in court. In most cases, however, if you aren’t subpoenaed and do not appear in court, the court normally makes a default ruling against you. This often happens when creditors sue you for defaulting on a loan. If you were the plaintiff in a civil case and do not appear in court, the judge will normally dismiss the case.

A Judge Signs a Court Document.

Call Today for Help

If for whatever reason a bench warrant was issued for failure to appear in Lebanon and Reading, PA, bail may be set by the court after your arrest, and Bail Shop, LLC can help you with bonding out. Find out how we can help by calling 888-224-5711.