A forfeiture is when the person out on bond fails to appear in court. A forfeiture notice is issued to the surety and the bail bond agency. We understand things happen, there was an emergency or maybe the defendant forgot about the court date. When this happens, it is paramount you call your bail bond agent or contact the agency immediately to have the bond reinstated. Otherwise, the defendant may loose his or her right to bail in future and risk having the courts issue a no bail hold or set bail at a higher amount.