If you bond someone out and they run, you may be held responsible for paying the full bail amount to the court. This is because when you sign a bail bond agreement, you essentially act as a defendant’s guarantor, promising to ensure they attend all required court hearings.
If the defendant fails to attend a court hearing or otherwise violates the terms of their bail, the court may issue a warrant for their arrest, and the bail may be forfeited. This means that the court will keep the full bail amount, and you may be required to pay the bail bondsman the total amount of the bond plus any associated fees or costs.
In some cases, the bail bondsman may take steps to locate the defendant and bring them back to court. If the defendant cannot be found, the bail bondsman may hire a bounty hunter to locate the defendant and get them back to court.
Bonding someone out of jail comes with certain risks and responsibilities; you must consider your decision and understand the potential consequences before entering into a bail bond agreement.