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Can you be convicted of bail jumping if you didn’t leave the sate?

I recently posted bail about 4 days ago, previously detained on a minor charge. I had a 3 day window between my release on bond and my next court date. I subsequently missed that court hearing. I'm rather scared of the consequences of missing that court date and my brother informed me that I most likely have police trying to find me for "Bail Jumping". I was under the impression that bail jumping only happened when you fled the state, not simply missing a court date.


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    Edmund P. Allen Jr. | Law Office of Edmund P. Allen Jr.
    705 Second Avenue Suite #910
    Seattle, WA 98104
    (206) 262-0903
    Prosecutors in Washington will try to charge people with bail jumping for simply missing a court date. You do not need to leave the state to be charged. To prove bail jump, they have to prove you willfully missed your date.
    Answer Applies to: Washington - Replied: 4/24/2013
    Randy M. Lish | Randy M. Lish, Attorney at Law
    2155 N. Freedom Blvd.
    Provo, UT 84604
    (801) 235-9400
    Bail jumping does not mean you left the state. It is called failure to appear, and it can be charged anytime you do not appear for a hearing. If you are picked up on the warrant, you will not be able to get bail anywhere near where it was originally set, and if it is bondable, a bail bondsman may not be willing to post the bail, because you have already shown that you may not appear.
    Answer Applies to: Utah - Replied: 4/24/2013
    Steve Freeborn | Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    33400 9th Avenue S. Suite 208
    Federal Way, WA 98003
    (253) 838-4477
    Your brother is right. You need to contact the court and see about getting on the warrant recall calendar. Since you didn't say what the charge is, I can't determine the seriousness of the situation. You may want to retain an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Washington - Replied: 4/23/2013
    Craig Andersen | Andersen Law PLLC
    10000 NE 7th Ave Suite 330B
    Vancouver, WA 98685
    (360) 397-0111
    Simply failing to appear for a scheduled court date is bail jumping. It doesn't matter if you leave the state or not.
    Answer Applies to: Washington - Replied: 4/23/2013
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