When you are granted bail, the judge releases you assuming you will return. In most cases the judge has an option to release you and chooses to do so because you don’t seem to be a “flight risk”. However, when you fail to return to court, you have proven the judge wrong.Charged with a crime in Wisconsin? Please call (888) 828-6041.
When you fail to appear in a Wisconsin criminal court, a warrant for your arrest is issued, and you are charged with bail jumping.
Bail jumping is a serious offense that will add to the criminal charges you are already facing. Now is the time to make sure the attorney you retained is one that will go the distance.
There could be any number of reasons why you missed court. Perhaps something came up and you couldn’t get around it. Maybe, however, the date slipped your mind but you have been too frightened to own up to it.
Whatever the situation, I am here to help. I want to know how you got into this situation so I can help you get out of it with the best possible outcome. Please contact me right away for my take on how this can be fixed.
Wisconsin Bail Jumping Laws & Penalties
The additional charge you will face for bail jumping depends on your original charge.
For instance, if you were granted bail on a felony charge, your penalty for bail jumping will be far more serious than if the original charge was a misdemeanor.
If the original charge is a misdemeanor, your bail jumping charge will be a Class A misdemeanor and punishable by an additional 9 months in jail and up to $10,000 in fines.
If the original charge is a felony, your bail jumping charge will be a Class H felony. Class H felonies are punishable by up to 6 years in prison and fines up to $10,000.
Keep in mind bail jumping is an additional charge. This means that the penalty for bail jumping will be added onto any sentence you face for the original charge. Also, if you are found not guilty of the original charge, the bail jumping charge is still valid.
Ref: Wisconsin Statute 946.49
Get Help with a Bail Jumping Charge or Missed Criminal Court Date in Wisconsin
I have handled many bail jumping and criminal defense cases before. When you retain me, you will get the benefit of my experience in talking down judges and prosecutors after a missed court date. These things can be fixable if you act proactively, before you are picked up and arrested by the police.
Bail jumping is a serious offense. If you are already facing criminal charges and then get charged further will bail jumping, you are likely at your breaking point. I can help. Call today for a free consultation on your Wisconsin bail jumping charge.