Canceling a Bail Bond: What to Know

If your efforts to help a loved one in need result in the purchase of a bail bond, there might come a time when a cancellation is necessary. Bail bonds can be canceled for various reasons and both you and the bail bonding agency have a right to take that action. Read on to learn more about how a bail bond cancellation works.

You Can Cancel the Bond Yourself 

You undoubtedly had the best of intentions when you acted to get your loved one or friend out of jail by using a bail bond. In some cases, you may not have fully realized the responsibility you are accepting by taking this action. By paying the bail fee and pledging collateral, you are promising that the accused will appear at their upcoming court dates. If and when they fail to appear, you could lose the cash or property you pledged on their behalf.

The good news is that bail bonds can be canceled. If you begin to suspect that the accused is not going to comply with bail conditions, you should consider canceling the bond. When you cannot get in touch with the accused or you have reason to believe that they will not appear in court, cancel the bond. If you find out that either they have already committed a crime while out on bail or you suspect they might, cancel the bond. If you wait too long and your loved one or friend gets arrested, you may lose your financial stake. 

The Bonding Company Cancels the Bond

In some cases, the bonding agency learns that the accused should not have been bailed out of jail. For example, charges against the accused have been added on to the original charges. Or the agency might find out that they have committed a crime and are back in jail. The agency will contact you about the cancellation when that happens.

When a Bond Is Canceled

You should understand that a canceled bond means that the accused must go back to jail to await their court dates behind bars. Consider the effects carefully before you take action. Most people benefit from being out on bail because they are able to work better with an attorney to plan their defense. Just the same, don't hesitate to take action to initiate a bond cancellation if you feel the need. In some cases, it can take several days for the cancellation to be complete.

You are not likely to be refunded the bail bonding fee when you cancel since the agent performed the work of having the accused released from jail. Any property or cash you pledged as collateral, however, will be returned once the accused is back behind bars or they appear for all subsequent hearings. Speak to a bail bondsman to learn more.