If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a crime, bail may have been set. The majority of the time, bail is posted with the help of a bail bonds company, like ASAP Bail Bonds. Typically, these companies will post bond for about 10 percent of the bond amount. For example, if bail is $5000, you pay the bail bonds company $500 to post bond for you or your loved one.  If you posted your own bail or posted bail for a loved one, you may find yourself wondering what happens to your money if your loved one is rearrested. Here are three common rearrest scenarios and what happens to the bail money that was posted in each of these scenarios. 

New Charges Were Added

In some cases, new charges are added as the investigation into a crime continues. In this case, you or your loved one may be rearrested and charged with the new charges. Bail is typically increased to account for these new charges. When this happens, most bail bonds companies will allow you to pay the difference between the old bond and the new one to get you or your loved one out, rather than charging you for the full bond amount again. For example, if your bail was set at $5000 and you paid $500, and new charges are brought about in relation to the same case, your bail may increase to $7500. Most bail bonds companies will have you pay $250 to remain out. 

Failure to Appear

If you fail to appear for your court date, a bench warrant is typically issued. If the police find you before you arrange for a new court date, you can be arrested. If the court reinstates your bail at your hearing, the bail bonds company has the right to revoke your bond or reinstate it. If this is your first failure to appear, most will reinstate it for free. If you have missed court multiple times, they will likely revoke your bail. 

The Bond Was Revoked

The last reason you may be rearrested is because the bond was revoked. When you are out on bond, you may be subject to drug tests or check-ins with law enforcement. If you fail the drug test, your bond may be revoked, and you will be rearrested. In this case, the bond company is not required to give you your money back. If bail is subsequently regranted, you can expect to have to re-pay a bail bonds company to get you out after your bond was revoked. 

Since working with a bail bonds company is not something that the average person does regularly, you may have many questions in relation to bail, including what happens to your money if your loved one is rearrested. In most cases, it is best to ask your questions before you pay a company any money, as the answers may vary from company to company. This will help you find the right company to post your bond.