The majority of people who are out on bond make their court dates without any difficulty. There are instances, however, that can force them to miss their court date. Unexpected illnesses, traffic accidents, forgetfulness, or simply not writing the information down are all reasons that defendants have missed their scheduled court dates. If, for any reason, a defendant misses court, the first thing they need to do is immediately contact the court to let them know what is going on. If a bench warrant has already been issued, the judge will more than likely withdraw the warrant, reinstate the defendant's bond, and set a new court date. As long as this does not become a habit, the judge will normally forgive a first or possibly second offense.