Let’s say your loved one is being detained by ICE. You were able to get him out on an immigration bond. You kept a close eye on him, making sure he stayed out of trouble while out on bond. Finally, the court hearing has arrived. Yet, your loved one is nowhere to be found. He had jumped bail. What can happen to him?
Immigrants skipping bail is one of the main reasons why an immigration bond can be so expensive. According to a news article from U.S. News & World Report, of the 38,441 immigrants who were released during deportation hearings between 2010 and 2014, nearly a third had fled before their next court date. And depending on how high the flight risk is, the higher the bond amount will be. USA Today has reported the price of immigration bail bonds has tripled since 1996 — from a median amount of $2,500 to $8,000 in 2016.
So what can happen to an immigrant who jumps bail? Well, a few things can happen. First, the bond will be revoked. The court will then forfeit the bond, which means any money or property that has put up to secure the defendant’s release will be turned over to the court. Before the forfeiture is final, the immigrant will have a chance to reappear and explain why he/she missed court. In addition, the bondsman will be given the right to sue the immigrant and his/her family for repayment of the bond.
As for the immigrant, a bench warrant will be issued for his/her immediate arrest. If found, the immigrant will return to detention to await deportation. This is why it’s so important to make sure your loved one keeps his/her court dates. Because if not, there will be trouble to both you and your loved one.