How Fugitive Recovery and Bail Enforcement Works
When you post bail on behalf of a friend or family member, you expect them to return to court for their trial. However, what happens if the person fails to appear at the first court date? Perhaps you suspect they won’t return to court because you can’t reach the defendant by phone, and they have not been home for several days.
After putting a sum of money forward as a guarantee that a defendant will attend their court date, you want to take all the necessary steps to get your money back. At Apex Bail Bonds, we offer a fugitive recovery and bail enforcement service throughout North Carolina and Virginia to ensure that you don’t suffer financial losses.
If you need the help of a fugitive recovery agent, speak to our bondsman now.
Fugitive Recovery Bail Enforcement – Background
Suppose you have a posted bail on behalf of someone else, securing their release from jail, and the defendant disappears while out on bail. The bail bond will be in default when the defendant skips the first court appearance. The court may also issue a bench warrant for the defendant’s arrest.
As the surety, you risk losing the money you posted to get your loved one out. Additionally, you may lose any collateral you used to secure the bail bond, whether it is your vehicle, house, or other assets.
Fortunately, bail forfeiture may not follow immediately after the defendant fails to appear.
After the defendant skips the first trial date, the court may grant a grace period, during which the defendant can resolve the matter without forfeiting bail. However, this statutory grace period may not be available if the defendant has a history of fleeing or failing to appear in court.
If the court grants the 90-day grace period, you can turn the defendant in to get the bail bond out of default status. Turning a defendant in involves taking them to your nearest police station and filling out the necessary paperwork, notifying the court of their return to custody. If the court overturns the bond’s default status, the trial will proceed as usual with no bail forfeiture.
If the police arrest the defendant under the bench warrant, you can also request that the bond is no longer in default.
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How Does Bail Enforcement Work?
Under North Carolina and Virginia law, only an individual holding a valid bail bond license can operate as a fugitive recovery agent.
At Apex Bail Bonds, we offer fugitive recovery & bail enforcement as part of our bail bond services. A fugitive recovery service that complies with state law has the same legal effect as an arrest under a bench warrant, and it is an effective way to ensure that you get the money you posted as bail back.
A bail enforcement agent’s objective is to apprehend a defendant with a default bail bond and bring them to the courthouse or police station. In some cases, the bail enforcer can pursue a defendant into a building, arrest them without a warrant, or detain them until the authorities take them into custody.
In many cases, the most significant challenge is finding a person trying to avoid criminal prosecution and returning them to court. At Apex Bail Bonds, we rely on thorough research and proven methods other than physical force to locate and apprehend individuals.
Our methods include the following:
Dealing with fugitive bail bonds can be challenging, especially if you don’t have the financial resources to post bail for someone else and support yourself. Instead of posting bail on behalf of someone else, you can rely on the reputable bail bond services we offer at Apex Bail Bonds.
If the court grants your loved one bail, we can provide them with a bail bond at any time of the day or night, including weekends. With this service, your loved one doesn’t need to remain in jail for one minute longer than is necessary, and our bond experts will help you navigate the entire bail process.
We offer flexible bail bond financing, and our prices are as low as the law in Virginia allows. If you want to get a loved one out of jail immediately, contact our bail bondsman now.