Whether it was by accident or on purpose, you could be wondering what to do now that you have missed your court date. If you missed a court date while out on bond, these are the steps that you'll probably need to take so that you can straighten the situation out.
Talk to an Attorney
First, you should definitely talk with an attorney if you are in this situation. If you have already hired an attorney to help with your case, he or she should be able to provide some guidance about the situation. If you have not yet hired an attorney to represent you, it's important to do this as soon as you can. Your attorney can talk to you about your original charges and any additional charges that you might be facing now that you missed your court date, such as failure to appear charges. Then, he or she can help by providing you with guidance about what to do next.
Work Something Out with Your Bail Bondsman
If you used the services of a bail bondsmen to get out of jail, then there is a chance that the bail bondsman that you used is looking for you right now. After all, the bondsman will be held responsible for the full amount of the bail if you don't turn yourself in or get brought in for missing your court date. Contacting your bail bondsman to try to work something out can help with this situation, and your bondsman might even agree to bail you out again if you turn yourself in. Just make sure that you talk to your attorney before you call the bail bonds service.
Turn Yourself In
After you have talked to your attorney and a bail bondsman, it will be time to turn yourself in. Even though the idea of turning yourself in to law enforcement might not sound particularly appealing, it's better than trying to avoid law enforcement. If you or your attorney call ahead of time, you can let law enforcement know that you are planning to turn yourself in, and you can make arrangements to show at on a certain day and at a certain time. You can also find out about where you need to go. Hopefully, you will be able to post bond again so that you can go home. If the court will not give you a bond or if you can't find a bail bondsman who will get you out of jail, though, you may have to stay in the county jail until you go to court.