What is Bail-Jumping?

Wis. Stat. §946.49 sets forth the offense of bail-jumping. The statute is available here.

Bail-jumping refers to non-compliance with conditions of release under Wis. Stat. §969. There are three levels of bail-jumping offenses.

  • 1. The offense is classified as a Class A misdemeanor if the underlying charge is a misdemeanor.

    The penalty for Class A misdemeanor bail-jumping is a fine up to $10,000, imprisonment not to exceed 9 months, or both. However, if a defendant of the underlying charge is released without bail, no penalty may be imposed for violation of the bail-jumping statute.

  • 2. The offense is classified as a Class H felony if the underlying charge is a felony.

    For more information about this uncommon bail-jumping charge, please see Wis. Stat. §969.01(3), which is available here.

    The penalty for Class I felony bail-jumping is a fine up to $10,000, imprisonment of 3 years and 6 months, or both.

  • 3. The offense is classified as a Class I felony if the person is required to appear in court as a witness and has posted bail to ensure his/her appearance as required by the court.

    For more information about this uncommon bail-jumping charge, please see Wis. Stat. §969.01(3), which is available here.

    The penalty for Class I felony bail-jumping is a fine up to $10,000, imprisonment of 3 years and 6 months, or both.

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