A person can be charged with bail jumping in New York if he or she does not appear in court within 30 days of the date of their last required court appearance.
Bail jumping is a criminal offense under Article 215 of the New York Penal Code.
The fact that a person was previously released on their own recognizance without having to post bail is not a defense to a subsequent bail jumping charge.
Furthermore, prosecutors typically welcome the opportunity to charge a defendant with bail jumping, as it gives them extra leverage in prosecuting the pending criminal case. Even if the prosecutor initially had a weak charge to work with, a failure to appear in court can transfer the bargaining power back to the prosecutor, which generally results in a less favorable outcome for the defendant.
For all of these reasons, non-appearance in court is generally a counterproductive strategy which both makes the existing situation worse, and fails to provide any solution or appeal of its own.
Fortunately, you don’t have to meet this challenge alone. Victor Knapp, Esq., has decades of practical experience to bring to your case.
It is best to address these matters as soon as possible, so call Victor Knapp right away at (718) 263-9000 to set up your private consultation. You can also contact us online.