jump bail


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jump bail

To intentionally not appear in court after having been released on bail, which is a security paid to allow one to avoid imprisonment until one appears in court. Failing to appear results in the forfeit of one's bail. The worst thing you could do is jump bail—then you'll be a fugitive and everyone will think you're guilty.
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jump bail

 and skip bail
Fig. to fail to appear in court for trial and forfeit one's bail bond. Not only was Bob arrested for theft, he skipped bail and left town. He's in a lot of trouble. The judge issued a warrant for the arrest of the man who jumped bail.
See also: bail, jump

jump bail

or

skip bail

If someone who is accused of a crime jumps bail or skips bail, they fail to appear in court when they should. He jumped bail and fled America the day before he was due to stand trial for murder. He was sentenced to an additional three months for skipping bail and going on the run for nine months. Note: `Bail' is money paid to an official in exchange for freedom until a court appearance.
See also: bail, jump

jump bail

tv. to fail to show up in court and forfeit bail. Lefty jumped bail, and now he’s a fugitive.
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jump bail

To fail to appear in court after having been released on bail.
See also: bail, jump
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The state's first report card on county services gave Los Angeles County low grades Thursday for poor road maintenance, shoddy child support collections and allowing too many defendants to jump bail.
In a debate over whether Spano posed a threat to jump bail, it was made clear in court documents that the Dallas businessman appears to have few valuable assets left.
The officer said he feared McGuigan would use his continental contacts to jump bail if he was freed.