We often take most things for granted only to realize their value when we lose them. This applies to the freedom we enjoy as well. We don’t always think about how much we value our freedom. But if you are ever thrown in jail that will be all you can think about.
Based on the severity of the offense being accused of, a defendant may or may not be granted bail. If bail is given, the defendant gets to enjoy his or her freedom even temporarily until the trial. Bail helps to prevent jails from getting overcrowded and reduces the amount spent on the inmates by the taxpayers.
Likewise, once you get bailed out, it is easy to forget how much you value your freedom again. After being bailed out and until the case is closed, there is one thing ensuring your freedom. That is your appearance in court when needed.
After being bailed out, the most important thing to remember is attending court dates. It could be for the next few months or even years. But it is important to make sure that you are present in court on the dates given.
In case, a defendant fails to appear in court; a forfeiture takes place. In this case, the judge orders an arrest warrant or bench warrant on the defendant.
It is sometimes possible to communicate with the court and obtain a new date for the trial thus reinstating the bail bond. But appearing in court on the given dates saves the hassle and prevents putting your freedom on the line.