Jumping and Failure to Appear Lawyer in Austin, Texas
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A bail jumping and failure to appear charge occurs when a person is released from custody, with or without bail, on condition that he or subsequently appear in court and he or she intentionally or knowingly fails to appear in accordance with the terms of his or her release. A bail jumping charge is separate and distinct from the original charge. So along with facing a bond forfeiture on the underlying charge, the state can and often times does charge you with bail jumping and failure to appear if you fail to appear in court when you are scheduled to do so on a criminal charge.
If you or someone you know has been charged with bail jumping and failure to appear, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help get the charges reduced or completely dismissed. Jason Trumpler has over 15-years of legal experience and currently practices in Central Texas counties throughout the greater Austin area. Call our office today at 512-457-5200.
After you are released from jail or issued a citation, the court will typically set a hearing date for which you will eventually be required to appear as a condition of your release. While it is the court’s job to notify you of this date, it is your job to appear on the requested date. You should do everything in your power to stay on top of court dates. Generally speaking, if a date is missed, the prosecution will initially blame you even though the statute requires that the state must prove that you intentionally or knowingly missed the court date.
If the crime for which you failed to appear was a Class C Misdemeanor (no jail time), you may be charged with a Class C Misdemeanor. A Class C misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of up to $500.
If the crime for which you failed to appear is a Class B or Class A misdemeanor, the associated Bail Jumping Charge is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor.
However, if you fail to appear in court for a felony appearance, you may be charged with a 3rd Degree Felony. A 3rd Degree felony is punishable by 2-10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
There are certain defenses available for bail jumping and failure to appear. You need competent well trained defense counsel to present these arguments to both the prosecution and the court. Attorney Jason Trumpler is just that attorney.
Walk Throughs on Travis County Bail Jumping Charges
Travis County Bail Bond Attorney Jason Trumpler can assist you with a walk through in Travis County and get you released on an attorney assisted personal bond if your bail jumping and failure to appear charge is in Travis County, Texas. For all other counties, you will need to contact a bail bondsman to assist with the bond.
Contact Us at 512-457-5200
Jason Trumpler is an experienced criminal defense attorney with over 15-years of experience. He has helped hundreds of individuals get their charges reduced or dismissed. He currently practices in Central Texas counties including Travis, Williamson, Hays, Caldwell, Bastrop, Comal, Lee, Bell, and Coryell. Call our office today at 512-457-5200.
Typically, failing to appear is a class A misdemeanor. A class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to a 1-year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.