Bail bond cosigners are very important people with very important roles. Cosigners are people who have close relationships with the defendant, willing to be responsible for the defendant while they’re out on bail, and ready to face consequences if they fail. But, that is if they let themselves fail.
The cosigner sees that the defendant goes to court as scheduled. They must have a strong belief in the good of their friend, the defendant. If the defendant skips court, the cosigner will have to pay up. However, if the cosigners forsees this happening and can no longer trust the defendant to honor his or her release terms, then the cosigner can withdraw their name from the bail bond at any time, without penalty to themselves. The penalty falls on the defendant, who is then taken back into custody until they can secure a new cosigner, if allowed.