Check Your Court Notice
After you or your loved one is released on bail, you must still appear for your court date. This is a standard agreement between you and your bail bondsman. To help ensure that you know when your notice to appear in court in scheduled, you can check the links below. For further assistance, call James Brennan Bail Bonds at 727-531-5000 and we’ll do our best to help.
Counties We Serve
While our office is in Clearwater, FL, James Brennan Bail Bonds is proud to serve other nearby counties. Simply locate the county you were booked in below and search for your court notice.
If you have questions or need help, call us anytime! Our office is open 24/7 for your convenience and our licensed bail bondsmen will do everything they can to help you navigate the bail process.
What Happens If I Miss My Court Date?
When you agree to a bail bond, your bail bondsman will thoroughly explain your agreement. If you have questions about any part of your bond, just ask! A reputable bail bondsman will answer all your questions and make sure you understand completely. Once everything has been explained, you will sign various papers and be on your way home.
However, bailing out of jail does not excuse you from court. You must show up at the time and date you are scheduled or you risk severe penalties. The judge will likely issue a bench warrant for your arrest, and you may be charged with an additional separate criminal charge. In the state of Florida, a failure to appear (FTA) charge may be a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the original charges filed against you. If you were released on bail for a misdemeanor, your FTA charge will be a first-degree misdemeanor. For a felony bail, failure to appear counts as a third-degree felony charge.
In addition to more charges and a warrant for your arrest, your bail bondsman may hire a bounty hunter to track you down. By missing your court date, you may forfeit your bond or collateral, potentially costing you dearly. Avoid these unpleasant consequences and contact us immediately if you missed your court date. The longer you are in failure to appear status, the more serious your penalties may be. However, there are a few instances where a judge may dismiss your FTA charge.
To learn more about bail bonds in Clearwater, FL, call James Brennan Bail Bonds at 727-531-5000 today!