Many of the cases that skip bail for us are instances where defendants appear for court and are found guilty, but told by the circuit court judge that they can report back later to begin serving time. For bail bondsmen who are actually liable for the bonds they post this is an unfortunate fact.
From what we understand this is something between judges and attorneys that make the attorney "look better" for their client. Even though the attorney did not win the case, they were able to work out an agreement with the judge which allotted the defendant time to get everything in order before checking in to the respective detention center. In some instances, this can mean buying time to pack up your things and get out of town.
This, to a legitimate Maryland Bail Bonds Company, causes many headaches and makes our fugitive recovery agents work overtime to locate defendants who fail to appear for sentencing hearing. One might think that bail bonds companies in Maryland would unite together and try to enforce new legislation and require the possibility of a new bond to be posted in order to come back for sentencing.
The reason Maryland Bail Bondsmen do not unite on this idea is because over 80% of the companies out there are not liable for the bonds that they post. So what do they care if the defendant doesn't appear? It's somebody else's problem. Here is a parramount instance where the bail bonds system fails and is why so many people view this industry in a negative light.
When a defendant shows up for court and they are found guilty it is a completely different circumstance than when we posted the original bond. Initially, you are innocent until proven guilty. When you are guilty, you are guilty!
Of course there are convicted people out there who actually use their time accordingly to get their finances in order and make sure their families are ok while they are in jail. But in many cases these situations produce unnecessary warrants that add to an already high total of open warrants thanks primarily to the non-liable bail bondsmen that don't care to look for them.