Sometimes defendants fail to appear in court, or violate a condition of their bail, and the court orders the bail bond to be forfeited. In these cases, an arrest warrant would be issued, and the forfeiture process would begin.
In cases of a surety bond, the bail bond company would be responsible to pay the entire amount of the bail or produce the defendant within 90 days. The bail bond agent would work to recover the amount of the bond by seizing any collateral and contacting the co-signer to locate the defendant.
Forfeiting bail has many negative implications including fines, penalties, credit risk, and increased judgements related to the charges. Any bail bond money and associated fees are collected by the state.