I beat my drug charge but now they want to give me 51 months for bail jumping. I was only 3 hours late for court, the judge made me put up more money, but did not charge me with bail jumping at that time, Not until after I beat the charges. Then they charged me with bail jumping. Is there any way to beat this?
Yes, there is lots of case law on bail jumping. You can research it at your local law library.
Bail jumping is usually one of the more simple charges. The State simply has to show you had notice of the court date and did not show up. There is an affirmative defense to bail jumping. You would have to show that circumstances beyond your control prevented you from getting to court and that you took the first opportunity you could turn yourself in. Your lawyer can help you put together the materials and evidence needed so that you can assert this defense.
Unfortunately, it does not matter what happened to the original charge. You can be found not guilty by a jury on the underlying charge and still be charged with bail jumping. There are a lot of us that think that bail jumping punishments are overly harsh and not always fairly applied. In fact, the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is putting a lot of resources in to changing this law. That may or may not help you. But it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.
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