The answer is very simple but requires some explanation. You can stop calling your bondsman when your case is no longer pending. The whole purpose of a bond is to guarantee your appearance in court; therefore, when you no longer need to appear in court because you’ve entered into a plea bargain agreement or gone to trial, that’s when you’re no longer on bond. If you’re no longer on bond, no need to report to your bondsman.
But what if you were arrested and posted bond, then you don’t hear anything about a court date and every time you go online and check, there’s no case showing? Also a simple answer: report to your bondsman exactly as he has instructed you and do not stop reporting until the statute of limitations has expired. For help with determining when the statute of limitations has expired, make sure you speak to a qualified criminal defense attorney.
But what if it’s been like two years and you’ve never been charged and you’re just tired of reporting every single week? It’s very tempting to think that there is no case and you’re never going to be charged, but this situation is exactly why I’m writing this blog. If you stop reporting to your bondman, you are almost definitely going to be charged, even if your case had been completely forgotten.
Put simply, IF YOU STOP REPORTING TO YOUR BONDSMAN, YOU ARE GOING TO BE CHARGED.
Typically, it goes something like this: A person is arrested, the magistrate sets bail, the person finds a bondsman and pays the bondsman to get him out of jail. The person reports to the bondsman for a while, but the notice to appear in court never comes. The person thinks that the case has been forgotten about and stops reporting to the bondsman. Life continues on as usual until the person is completely surprised when he is arrested on a warrant for the original charge, must post bond again, and quickly finds himself appearing in court on the charge.
This may seem unfair, but it is 100% predictable once you realize that a bondsman will not continue to vouch for someone who doesn’t report. When the bondsman lets the court know that he is no longer willing to stay on the bond of a person who does not report, the court will revoke the bond. Once the bond is revoked, there is an active warrant. This alerts the district attorney’s office to your case, which can still be filed, assuming the statute of limitations has not expired. If the case can still be filed, rest assured that it will be.
If you are lucky enough to never be called into court after an arrest, don’t ruin it by not reporting to your bondsman!