Wisconsin Bail Jumping Defense Lawyers
The crime of bail jumping in Wisconsin can subject you to harsh consequences. Notably, often the punishment for bail jumping is as harsh, or worse, than the original criminal charge. If you must defend bail jumping charges in Wisconsin, call a Milwaukee lawyer to mount an effective defense.
What is bail jumping? Specifically, it’s a crime to intentionally break the terms of your bond or “skip bail.” For example, evidence that you knew your actions did not follow the terms of your release on bail constitutes evidence of bail jumping in Wisconsin.
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We hope you take our advice. Specifically, in Milwaukee, or anywhere in Wisconsin, if the state charges you with violating the terms of your bail, you need thorough representation. Similarly, a Milwaukee criminal defense attorney from Gamino Law Offices, LLC has a wealth of experience defending bail jumping cases involving a violation of bail terms.
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Wisconsin Bail Jumping Charges
Wisconsin Statute 946.49(1) defines bail jumping as follows:
Whoever, having been released from custody under ch. 969, intentionally fails to comply with the terms of his or her bond is:Wisconsin Statutes 946.49(1)
(a) If the offense with which the person is charged is a misdemeanor, guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(b) If the offense with which the person is charged is a felony, guilty of a Class H felony.
The jury instructions provide that in Wisconsin, the state may convict a person charged with bail jumping if:
- was arrested for or charged with a felony or misdemeanor.
- was released from custody on bond under conditions.
- intentionally failed to comply with the terms of the bond. The defendant knew of the terms of the bond and knew that his or her actions did not comply with those terms.
Wisconsin JI-Criminal 1795.
Note the following:
- Release refers to the defendant posting the bond. Bond can be in the form of a signature or cash. In contrast, release does not require the defendant’s physical departure from jail or custody. Specifically, if a defendant made bond on a signature bond by signing it, he or she has committed to the conditions in the case for which bond has been fulfilled. This is true even though bond may remain unpaid or unfulfilled in other matters. Similarly, while not physically released, the defendant may be subject to bail jumping for violating the conditions of the signature bond.
- Failing to appear in court when required often constitutes the grounds for allegations that someone skipped bail.
- When a bail jumping charge is based upon allegations of a new crime being committed while on bail, the elements of the new crime must also be established.
See Wisconsin JI-Criminal 1220
Why hire our Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer to represent you?
We’re on a mission. We want to be the best Wisconsin criminal defense lawyers in Waukesha, Milwaukee, and the area. Specifically, we guard you, your rights, your reputation, your job, your future, and your freedom! What this means is if you’re arrested or charged with bail jumping in Milwaukee, WI, or anywhere in Wisconsin, call us right away. Also, if you are under investigation in Wisconsin for any criminal offense, including bail jumping, tell police officers that you wish to speak with an attorney before you talk with them. In summary, early intervention by an experienced Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer makes all the difference in the outcome of a criminal case in Wisconsin.
Importantly, not all criminal defense lawyers in Wisconsin have great trial skills. Similarly, not every Milwaukee criminal attorney will present a compelling case in court or negotiate a favorable plea agreement. However, our team of accomplished criminal trial and appellate attorneys demonstrate an impressive record of winning litigation skills. Moreover, we know how to mount an effective defense – from pretrial motions to court or jury trials, and appeals. In conclusion, with decades of combined experience, we have the knowledge and aggressive ability necessary to get the results you need.
Finally, contact us for more information about a Milwaukee criminal defense attorney or Waukesha DUI lawyer. Similarly, we can discuss any of our legal services available at our Wisconsin law offices. Alternatively, visit our informative Wisconsin criminal law resources page.