jump bail
v.
For a criminal defendant to leave the jurisdiction or fail to appear at trial after bail has been posted for him or her, causing whoever posted bail to forfeit it. See also bail, bondsman

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


jump bail
A colloquial term for fleeing or failing to appear for a court appearance after depositing (posting) bail. Also called skipping bail. (See: bail)
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


jump bail
v.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

jump bail
v.
   to fail to appear for a court appearance after depositing (posting) bail with the intention of avoiding prosecution, sentencing or going to jail. Posting bail guarantees that the accused person will give up the money if he/she does not show up in court. It allows the accused person to remain free pending the final decision on his/her criminal case. In some circumstances a criminal defendant can be declared to have jumped bail even before missing an appearance in court, if it is discovered he/she has left the state, the country, disappeared or made plans to flee. At that point the court can revoke the bail and issue a warrant for the defendant's arrest. It is also called "skipping" bail.
   See also: bail, bail bond, bail bondsman

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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