If a defendant has bailed out of custody and fails to appear for court hearings, or fails to report to a correctional facility as directed then they’ll be charged with bail jumping. Their jail exposure depends largely on the crime they were originally charged with. The more serious your original charge, the more severe bail jumping charges will be.
Bail Jumping RCW 9A.76.170
|If your original charge was:||Your bail jumping charge could expose you to:|
|Class A felony (other than murder)||6-68 months in prison and fines of up to $20,000.|
|Class B or C felony||1-43 months in prison and fines up to $10,000.|
|Misdemeanor||Up to one year in jail and fines up to $5,000.|
These potential jail sentences represent the extremes. The factors determining a defendant’s sentence is largely the circumstances of their crime and criminal history.
Fortunately, there are substantive defenses under the Bail Jumping Statute. It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution under this section that uncontrollable circumstances prevented the person from appearing or surrendering, and that the person did not contribute to the creation of such circumstances in reckless disregard of the requirement to appear or surrender, and that the person appeared or surrendered as soon as such circumstances ceased to exist.
Under these defenses, Alexander has gained dismissals on many bail jumping charges. He is dedicated to ensuring that his client’s rights are protected and that they get the best possible outcome in court.
If you or someone you care about faces Bail Jumping charges in Skagit County or Whatcom County, call attorney Alexander Ransom today for a free, no-pressure case evaluation. Alexander has a reputation in the legal community as an aggressive, effective and experienced criminal defense attorney. He is here to assist you through these difficult times.