Your bail got increased because you missed court. The judge probably issued a bench warrant for your arrest in an amount double your initial bail. That's pretty common in a lot of courts.
I have to say, if you find this surprising, you're kind of missing the point of bail. Bail is generally supposed to be set at an amount which assures the court you won't do exactly what you did-- miss court. If you miss court while out on bail, you're practically begging the court to increase your bail.
That's not to say that if you had a valid excuse for missing court and have PROOF of that excuse-- like, say, hospital records proving you were incapacitated at the time-- that you can't get your bail reinstated. You're going to DEFINITELY want an attorney to appear with you and do the talking for you, though.
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Judges set bail based initially on a "bail schedule," but they can raise or lower the amount, based on the circumstances of the case; my suggestion is to retain a criminal defense attorney who can motion to have the bail reduced, good luck.
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The judge decides on bail often by the circumstances of the case, missing the court date makes you more of a risk to not attend the next time, I would suggest getting a criminal defense lawyer to motion for bail reduction.
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The best way to avoid this problem is to make your appearances. You can have your attorney make a formal request for bail reduction, but don't count on it given your previous failure to appear. Good luck.
One of the main functions of bail is to secure your availability at court. The idea is that if you have a monetary interest in appearing to court, you're more likely to go. When you failed to appear at court, the judge's increase in bail basically means that he/she felt you needed a stronger incentive to come back than the one that didn't work.
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Yes, missing court will make your bail double. You should hire a criminal defense attorney to help you get it lowered; but from your fact pattern it is probably unlikely...unless I am missing something
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