The Bond Forfeiture Division forfeits a criminal defendant's bond based on his/her failure to appear for court. When a defendant fails to appear for a scheduled court date, the person (personal surety or commercial bondsman) who posted the bail has 180 day (6 months) to locate the defendant and bring him/her into court. After 180 days, the bail which was posted becomes the property of the court and a Judgement for Bond Forfeiture is filed. Steps will be taken by the court to collect the cash, seize the property and assets promised, or garnish the wages of persons who have obligated themselves to the amount of the bail. Should you receive a Bond Forfeiture Judgement, the court is notifying you you that you owe the court the money that you promised when the defendant was bailed out of jail.