What Happens if You Jump Bail in Kansas? | Wichita Criminal Defense Attorney
Did you know that failing to appear in court or violating bond conditions constitutes a new offense? Because defendants who “jump bail” face many additional consequences, it’s important to become well-versed in the legal requirements surrounding your bond conditions. Jonathan W. McConnell, founding Wichita criminal defense attorney at the McConnell Law Firm, has helped countless individuals navigate the specifics of their case and details everything you need to know about bail jumping and bond conditions. Learn more below!
What Is Bail Jumping?
According to the legal definition, bail jumping is a practice in which an individual released on bail evades a court appearance with the intent of avoiding trial, possible conviction, or sentencing. Bail jumping, also referred to as bail skipping, occurs if an accused person fails to appear at the specified time and place without any type of lawful excuse, causing a warrant to be issued for their arrest. Under state and federal law, this failure to appear in court not only violates court order but is constituted as a separate offense with numerous additional consequences, including:
- Forfeiture of bond payment
- Pending criminal charges
- Potential for added criminal charges
How Do I Post Bail?
When you are charged with a crime in the state of Kansas, you will be required to post some type of bond in order to remain out of jail for the duration that your case is pending. Generally, for a misdemeanor or lower-level felony case, the court will allow the accused to remain at liberty for the duration of the trial without being required to post bail, which is often referred to as an “O.R. Bond,” allowing a person to be released on their own recognizance. Likely, the candidates available for this type of release are those with sustainable employment, a clean record, and under the prosecutor’s recommendation.
Depending on felony levels, district courts may allow cash or professional surety bonds, in which you are required to post the set amount with the court with the expectation that you will get the money back once the case is settled. If you go through a bondsman, you will likely pay a non-refundable 10 percent fee to your bondsmen, who will post collateral to get you released from court.
“If you fail to appear in court after receiving an O.R. bond, a warrant will be issued for your arrest, and you will be responsible for that initial bond amount,” said Jonathan W. McConnell, Wichita criminal defense attorney at the McConnell Law Firm. “In Wichita, Kansas, federal court does not allow bonds through a bondsman, so if you find yourself in federal court in Wichita, you will either be detained indefinitely while the case goes on, or you will be released on conditions of an O.R. bond.”
Navigating Bond Conditions
If a defendant is able to successfully post bail, they are still required to abide by all terms and conditions of bond while out of custody. While bond conditions will vary based upon the alleged offense, some common bond conditions may include GPS monitoring, no-contact orders, complete sobriety, and no additional violations of the law. When any of those bond conditions are violated, a defendant may be charged with bail jumping, which will be taken into account and looked upon unfavorably by the prosecutor, likely leading to added bond conditions or the inability to post bail. The different considerations of your original case will factor into the severity of your bail jumping charge, affecting the outcome as either a misdemeanor or a felony.
“The state of Kansas has been known to charge people with Unlawful Tampering with Electronic Monitoring Equipment as a response for removing GPS devices,” said McConnell. “This will often be charged as a felony offense as the original bond conditions have been broken.”
Have You Been Accused?
If you have been accused of committing a serious crime, we encourage you to contact the McConnell Law Firm as soon as possible. While every case is different, and no conclusions should be drawn without first consulting a Wichita criminal defense attorney about the specifics of your case, it is always in your best interest to have a skilled attorney by your side from the beginning.
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