Why do I have to post bail?

According to Supreme Court rules, after you fail to appear for your court date, you will receive a Failure to Appear notice with a new court date. If you fail to appear on the next court date, a warrant will be issued for your arrest.

Once you have posted bail, you will receive a new court date. Bail is to ensure you appear at your next scheduled court date. Failure to do so will result in a bail forfeiture and a new warrant will be reissued. Once your matter is disposed of in court, you may use your bail money toward your fines. If you are found not guilty or the matter is dismissed, you may have your bail refunded to you or to the surety, the person who posted the bail in your case.

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