The Consequences Of Skipping Your Illinois Bail Contract

July 18, 2017


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The law in Illinois prohibits any bail bondsman to provide their services to defendants. A third-party surety or co-signer, such as a family friend or colleague who fulfills the requirements, is the only one who could post bail on behalf of the defendant.

Once the accused absconds one hearing, the local government takes from the bond a percentage. The deduction is just a minor consequence of defendants skipping bail bond contracts because things can get hairier if they continue their evasion of court hearings.

Forfeit Your Bail Bond

man handcuffedThe surety is required to provide a down payment of 10% of the judge-appointed bail amount in exchange for the freedom of the defendant. If the defendant skips a hearing, the surety is to pay the full amount of the bail amount.

Adverse implications of this would vary in severity depending on the accused’s relationship with the co-signer of the bond. As Illinois bans all commercial bail bondsman, co-signers could only ask for the assistance of local police officers and authorities.

However, if the defendant had successfully escaped the state or country, the legal jurisdiction of Illinois ends and sureties will have more options to track down the defendant-turned-fugitive.

Additional Criminal Charges (Based On Intent)

If the judge commanded the defendant to remain in the state and the latter had violated these laws, they are subject to additional criminal charges. If the accused skipped their hearing, and sufficient evidence and witness statements confirm that they committed further crimes, the defendant’s criminal charges would grow in number.

The criminal charges increase depending on the accused’s intent to skip the hearing. Often, the court could charge the defendant with justice evasion.

Higher Bail Bond (For Non-Life Imprisonment Cases)

The more charges the defendant has, the higher the judge would set their bail bond. If the accused committed a criminal act meriting life imprisonment, the court might not grant them bail at all.

Tracked By Skiptracers or Bounty Hunters

Sureties who supported the defendant in Illinois could not use bounty hunters or “skiptracers” to find the defendants-turned-fugitives in the state. However, if the defendant escapes into other US states where bounty hunters and skiptracers could freely operate, sureties could use them to track down and apprehend the defendant.

Bounty hunters, who could use force similar to police, are often used to track down dangerous fugitives. Skiptracers, who use methods similar to private investigators, would use non-violent methods to find non-dangerous or no-threat defendants who had skipped their hearing.

Bad Credit Records (On Surety’s Behalf)

Bounty hunters and skiptracers often have one year to bring back the defendant before the bail expires and the government absorbs the full bail the surety should address. In Illinois, this would mean bad credit records for the surety if they used a personal loan to post the bail for the defendant.

In other states where any commercial bail bondsman could operate, the agent would take responsibility for the amount on behalf of the accused. When the defendant skips the court hearing and forfeits the full bond amount, the bail bondsman would pay the posted value, referencing to what bail bonds Torrance CA claimed – “it happens more often then you would thing”.

If the bounty hunter presents the defendant in court but has missed the one-year bail expiry, the bail bondsman would forward the defendant’s bail bond to a debt collections agency responsible for keeping track of the accused’s financial collateral and other valuables. The debt collections agency reports to credit rating companies, which would drag down the accused’s credit score.