Jumping bail is a very serious offense in Georgia and comes with harsh penalties for convicted individuals.
When a person is charged with a criminal offense in Georgia, a judge may set a bail amount that allows a person to remain free until their trial starts or a decision is made in their case. Bail typically comes with the condition that the individual will pay a certain amount and agree to appear at all future court appearances. Sometimes, people jump bail, which means they pay the amount to be set free but do not appear in court when required.
Many people think jumping bail is a minor offense, but it is not. This offense carries serious consequences. Anyone charged with jumping bail should speak to a Georgia criminal defense lawyer for help with their case.
What is Bail Jumping in Georgia?
Bail jumping occurs any time a person does not meet the conditions of their bail, which is typically failing to appear in court. There are different types of bail jumping in Georgia, but they are all serious offenses that come with harsh consequences. There are instances in which a judge may find that the individual has a sufficient reason for not appearing in court or meeting other conditions of their bail. Whether or not a person has a reasonable excuse for jumping bail is largely left to the judge’s discretion.
Types of Bail Jumping in Georgia
There are different types of bail jumping in Georgia. The type of bail jumping a person may be charged with will depend on what the initial charge was, and how the accused individual jumped bail.
When a person jumps bail on a charge that was initially a misdemeanor, they may face charges of misdemeanor bail jumping. The penalty for this offense is a maximum of 12 months in jail, a maximum fine of $1,000, or both.
Likewise, when the accused was initially facing felony charges and then jumped bail, this is considered felony bail jumping. The penalty for this offense is between one and five years in prison, a maximum fine of $5,000, or both.
Out-of-state bail jumping refers to the act of leaving the state in order to avoid appearing in court. It is crucial that anyone charged with an offense understands that leaving the state will not protect them from certain consequences if they are convicted and that they will face even harsher penalties. The penalty for out-of-state bail jumping is between one and five years in prison, a fine between $1,000 and $5,000, or both.
Our Atlanta Criminal Defense Lawyers Can Help if You Have Jumped Bail
Not everyone jumps bail simply to avoid court. Sometimes honest mistakes are made and individuals are not even aware that they were meant to appear in court. If you have been charged with jumping bail or any other offense, contact ourGeorgia criminal defense lawyers at Ghanayem & Rayasam. We can create a solid defense for your charges and give you the best chance of avoiding additional penalties. Call us today at (404) 561-0202 or contact us online so we can start reviewing your case.