What happens if someone does not appear in court and I posted their 10% bond?

Asked over 1 year ago - Homewood, IL

I posted bond for someone who now has a new charge. They informed me they were moving and will not go back to court. What will happen to me?

Attorney answers (3)

  1. Jeffrey Allen Fagan

    Contributor Level 13


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . Nothing will happen to you. The bond will be forfeited and will go to the court. On the bond slip, it says something to the effect that the money posted is between the court and the defendant. It also expressly states that the bond money goes to the court if the defendant doesn't show up to court.
    That person you paid the bond for plans to screw you out of the money you spent getting them out of jail.
    It's a terrible thing they plan on doing, for both of you.
    You lose your money. All of it. And you can't get it back no matter what happens.
    They lose a friend and a warrant for their arrest will be issued. When they are arrested, a new bond will be set. Don't pay that one.

  2. Eric T. Perry

    Contributor Level 11


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . The bond will be forfeited and you will not get it back. It is in his interest to show up or a warrant will most likely be issued for his arrest. Nothing criminal will happen to you.

  3. Judy A. Goldstein

    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . You will lose your money permanently. The defendant loses you as a friend and will gain a warrant for his arrest. Very sorry.

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