This should be avoided if possible. When a defendant fails to appear for a scheduled court hearing, the judge will forfeit the bail bond and declare the entire bail amount due to the court. There are costs involved in petitioning the court to reinstate the bail bond that may be passed on to the defendant and cosigner. However, if a defendant does miss court, it’s imperative that the bail bond company be notified immediately and that the defendant and cosigner work with the bail bond company to resolve the situation right away.