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What Is A Bail Bond Reinstatement?

Posted on Feb 10th, 2023 by Bail Agent 3210 Views

At Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bond, we often meet defendants who find themselves in a difficult situation when they unwillingly violate the terms of their bail bond agreement. What does it mean to violate your bail bond agreement? 

Essentially, the role of bail bond is to enable you to get out of jail, so you can better prepare for attending court. As a result, the requirement for meeting the bail bond agreement is to appear in court. 

There may be a variety of reasons why you can't appear in court. At Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds, we make it our priority not to make any judgment. We appreciate that things can get complicated, and sometimes you can't be present in court. This could be because you are ill, or perhaps you are genuinely unable to be present at the time. Sometimes, mistakes happen, and you get the dates mixed up and fail to appear at the right time. Regardless of the reason, in the event of an FTA (Failure To Appear), the judge can revoke the bail bond. At this point, an arrest warrant can be issued. Of course, you don't want an arrest warrant. This is where a bail bond reinstatement can make a huge difference. You might also hear it described in legal terms by attorneys and bail bonds agents as a letter of reassumption of liability or the reinstatement of liability. 

But before we explore how to reinstate a bond, there's an important question to answer: What is a bail bond reinstatement? 

What Exactly Is A Bail Bond Reinstatement?

To put things in simple terms, a bail bond reinstatement is the process of reinstating the bail that was revoked by the judge following an FTA. This means that the bail bond is issued again with new dates so you can appear in court. 

However, while the process is simple in theory, it requires the action of an attorney, as it is a legal process. 

Bear in mind that when you need to reinstate a bail bond, there are fees associated with the reinstatement. Those fees fall under the payment made by the bondsman, which means that it is the responsibility of our clients. You will also incur extra court fees as part of the process. 

What Happens if I Don't Reinstate the Bail Bond?

Failure to proceed to a bail bond reinstatement puts you at risk of immediate arrest. Indeed, when the judge revokes your bail bonds for FTA, he or she issues a bench warrant for the immediate arrest of the defender. 

Typically, bail bonds are revoked when the defendant fails to appear in court. However, they can also be revoked in the event the defendant commits another crime while they are out of jail on bail.   

What To Do When You Have An FTA?

At Mr Nice Guy Bail Bonds we recommend you immediately get in touch with our bonds agents if you suspect you can't attend your court hearing or if you already know you have missed a court date. When this happens, we will file for a bail bond reinstatement on your behalf. This is designed to provide a reason for your FTA and formally request the reinstatement of the bail bonds. 

Typically, the process can take a few days; however, sometimes, courts may need up to 10 days to reschedule your court date. 

How To Reinstate A Bond

First of all, the most important thing to understand is that, as a defendant, you are not allowed to request a bond reinstatement by yourself. This is a process that only professional bail bonds agents can do. That's precisely why it is crucial to let us know as soon as possible when you can't attend court. 

A bail reinstatement form is a simple one page form that needs to be filled out by the company responsible for writing the bond. This will include information about the specific bail bond. The form is dated and signed by the bail agent. Then, we share the bail reinstatement form with the court in question. This can happen in two ways. Some courts allow attorneys and bail bond companies to fax the form. More often than not, the agent will need to physically bring the form to the court in County Orange. That's why it's crucial to work with someone who specifically understands how each court operates, so they can ensure the speedy delivery of your bail reinstatement form. 

Can Judges Reject The Request For Bond Reinstatement?

In most cases, judges are agreeable and agree to set aside the bond forfeiture in the event of an FTA. When they do, they reinstate the bond. 

However, there can be cases when a judge rejects the reinstatement request. This can happen, for example, when the defendant waits too long before requesting a reinstatement. 

When Can I Request A Bail Bond Reinstatement?

Ideally, you should get in touch with your bail bonds company as soon as possible. Indeed, if the failure to appear in court is dated more than 30 days before the reinstatement form is delivered to court, the judge may require a new bond to be posted. Only once the new bond is posted can the prior bond be exonerated. 

At Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds, we provide 24-hour bail bonds services. So, you can get in touch with our team as soon as you know you will fail or have failed to appear in court. This ensures you are not wasting any time. 

Choose Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds For Your Bond Reinstatement

At Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds, we know that sometimes life gets in the way. Failing to present yourself to court on the right date can happen. Therefore, we work hard to make it easy for you to reinstate your bond as soon and smoothly as possible. 

Many bail bond companies are likely to charge an extra fee for the reinstatement of your bond. We are proud not to charge our clients any hidden fees when it comes to all services, and this includes requesting a bail bond reinstatement. Don't hesitate to reach out to our team ASAP to request assistance with bail bond reinstatement following an FTA. 


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