When a person is arrested and accused of a crime, he will have to appear in court for an arraignment hearing. Depending on the charge, the accused may be eligible to post bail prior to his hearing. The accused must make it a point to appear at the initial hearing and all scheduled court appearances after that, or he will be branded a fugitive, which only opens up a whole new world of problems.
Bail is a privilege.
An accused person must realize that being able to post bail and thereby being released from jail is a privilege extended to him by the court so he can get back to family and friends, his job, and most important of all, to work on his defense. If he chooses to work with a Hurst, TX bail bonds provider to pay for his bail, he must honor his agreement with them, unless he wants a bounty hunter to track him down and haul him back to jail.
What can a bounty hunter do?
An informative article posted at Lawyers.com tackles what bounty hunters are and what they do. Suffice to say, these are people you don’t want on your tail:
“Bounty hunters, or bail enforcement agents, chase after and track down people who jump bail. They’re hired to catch the skippers and bring them back. Why? Because police departments are busy and don’t have the time or resources to track after everyone who jumps bail.
A bounty hunter has a lot of leeway when it comes to making arrests. He may go into a bail-skipper’s home – without a search or arrest warrant – if there’s a good reason to believe the skipper is in the home. He can’t, however, enter someone else’s home unless there’s a warrant or the owner’s permission to enter.
This isn’t like a citizen’s arrest where you actually call the police and let them make an arrest. Bounty hunters have full arrest powers. They can handcuff and detain the person they’re chasing.”
When you enter into a deal with a Hurst, TX bail bonds provider, in a way, he is investing in you, and his investment depends largely on you appearing in court. Hiring a bounty hunter when you fail to attend your court hearings is his way of protecting his investment, and you can rest assured that he won’t stop until he finds you and brings you back to court.
Jumping or skipping bail is just not worth it. All it does is add more trouble to your bottom line, and you’ll still pay in one way or another. So think twice before challenging your bail bond agreement, because it will only work against you.
(Source: Skipping Bail? A Bounty Hunter Will Likely Follow, Lawyers.com)