skip bail

skip 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 skip bail—then you'll be a fugitive and everyone will think you're guilty.
See also: bail, skip

skip bail

Also, jump bail. Fail to appear in court for trial and thereby give up the bail bond (paid to secure one's appearance). For example, I can't afford to skip bail-I'd lose half a million, or We were sure he'd jump bail but he finally showed up. This idiom uses skip and jump in the sense of "evade". The first dates from about 1900, the variant from the mid-1800s. Also see make bail.
See also: bail, skip
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WHEN the legal system lets alleged murderers, rapists and even a terrorist skip bail and go on the run it is failing the UK's law-abiding citizens.
However, there is a handful of people who skip bail and fail to appear when they should.
Yes, it seems Moz really is capable of leaving the flat after all as he and Jenny prepare to skip bail and head for Portugal.
I am committed to bringing people who skip bail or fail to pay fines to justice.
If the police, who we fund through our taxes, cannot catch suspects who skip bail, private bail bond companies should be brought in.
Prosecutors are afraid Karsan will skip bail and go back to his Turkish homeland if he is freed.
PEOPLE who skip bail are usually a "hardcore criminal element", according to a Coventry policeman.
The new measures, which were backed by police, include raising jail sentences for defendants who skip bail.
Operation Turn-Up is part of a national push to reduce the numbers of offenders who skip bail or who have warrants outstanding against them.
The blitz was a demonstration of our `zero tolerance' of bail bandits - those people who skip bail and don't turn up at court when they should.
Today the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, announced a crackdown on "bail bandits" - offenders who skip bail.
In fact, Ms McIntyre attended each and every Court hearing and did not attempt to abscond or skip bail at any time.
WHEN our legal system lets alleged murderers, rapists and even a terrorist skip bail and go on the run it is failing Britain's law-abiding citizens.
From July officers will be allowed to enter homes of suspected fine dodgers and defendants who skip bail.