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Bail Jumping Under N.J.S.A. 2C:29-7

Have You Been Charged with Jumping Bail?

When an individual is charged with a crime and posts bail, a condition of release is that the accused appear at scheduled court hearings and dates. When the accused fails to appear and the state believes he or she is wilfully avoiding the court proceedings, a bail jumping charge can follow, especially where the defendant leaves the jurisdiction. If you find yourself charged with jumping bail, our defense team has the experience to provide you with the best opportunity for avoiding the serious penalties that may be applied for violating 2C:29-7. Our attorneys are accessible 24/7 and a lawyer would be happy to assist you immediately. Lawyers at our firm can be reached for an initial consultation without charge at 1-877-450-8301.

Elements of Offense

There are four (4) elements that must be established by the prosecutor to obtain a conviction for bail jumping. The elements are as follows:

1. The defendant was released from incarceration following issuance of a summons or complaint;

2. The accused was released with a Court Ordered condition that he appear at a specified time and place on the charge;

3. The defendant failed to appear at the scheduled court date; and

4. The failure to appear was without lawful excuse.

Lack of a Lawful Excuse

A prerequisite to being convicted of jumping bail is the non-existence of a lawful excuse for the failure to appear in court. This requirement obviously cannot be met where a defendant is in the hospital or in jail. There are a wide range of other potential "excuses" that a court must consider in determining whether or not the state can prove this element under the New Jersey bail jumping law.

Grade & Degree of Offense

The laws governing bail jumping in New Jersey provide that a violation is a Third Degree offense if the failure to appear relates to a crime of the Third Degree, Second Degree or First Degree. If the non-appearance was the result of intentional flight or hiding to avoid prosecution, then the offense is again a Third Degree crime. Disorderly persons and petty disorderly persons offenses trigger bail jumping of the same grade.

The penalties for being convicted of Bail Jumping can be very severe including potential jail, significant fines, and the possibility of up to five (5) years of supervision by probation. With such significant repurcussions in play, you really need the assistance of an experienced criminal lawyer if you have been charged or arrested for jumping bail. The attorneys at our firm have over 100 years of collective experience and include multiple former prosecutors. Give us a call and one of our lawyers would be more than happy to review your case and outline exactly how we can go about assisting you.

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