If you’re charged with any crime in Wisconsin, the court can charge you with bail jumping if you intentionally fail to comply with the terms of your bond. Here’s what you need to know about bail jumping and Wisconsin law.
What is Bail Jumping in Wisconsin, and How Do You Get This Type of Charge?
The state can charge you with bail jumping if you intentionally fail to comply with the terms of your bond. Here’s what happens: When you’re arrested, the court sets your bail amount and the conditions of your bond, which means you must pay a certain amount of money and agree to do (or not do) certain things as a condition of your release from jail.
If you’re able to pay the bail amount the court requires, and if you agree to the terms of your bond, you can get out of jail. But there’s a catch: If you violate the conditions, you’ll go straight back to jail – and you’ll pick up a bail jumping charge.
Bond conditions always say that you must not commit any other crimes while you’re out of jail. Beyond that, the judge in your case might impose other restrictions. For example, if you were caught driving under the influence, you won’t be allowed to drive while you’re out – and you must stay sober, too. Likewise, if you were charged with a violent crime, the court may say that you can’t possess any dangerous weapons. If you’re out on bond and you’re caught doing something you’re not supposed to do (like drinking or carrying a gun), the state can charge you with bail jumping.
Related: What is Bail Jumping in Milwaukee?
Consequences of Bail Jumping
Bail jumping can be a misdemeanor or a felony. If you were initially charged with a misdemeanor, your bail jumping charge will most likely be a misdemeanor. If you were initially charged with a felony, your bail jumping charge will most likely be a felony.
Do You Need Help With a Bail Jumping Charge?
If you need help with a bail jumping charge in Wisconsin, we’re here for you. Call us at 414-383-6700 or contact us online to learn about your options and to find out how we can help you.