What happens if you skip bail or forfeit your bail bond?

According to Oklahoma Statutes, Title 59, section 1335, jumping bond in Oklahoma is a felony offense which carries a penalty of up to 2 years in prison and/or up to $5,000.00 in fines. Also, skipping bail or forfeiting on your bond will likely cause harm to your loved ones as well. Most bail bond contracts provide that the indemnitor is liable for the bond amount, as well as the cost of apprehending and returning the bail-jumper to jail.

Under the above-referenced statute, a person who surrenders within thirty (30) days is not subject to prosecution for bond forfeiture. So if you do miss that court date, do something about it immediately before it’s too late! No one runs forever, and the consequences will most likely end up being worse than they would be if you simply showed up to court.