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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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Between 2010 and 2013, five suspects skipped bail for drug offences, traffic offences and indecent assault.
Gary Robb skipped bail in 1997 while on trial for drug offences and fled to Northern Cyprus.
The victim of Anthony Curran, from Wythenshawe, agreed to make the appeal in a bid to help police trace his tormentor who had skipped bail and disappeared.
Carl Wright was tracked down after he skipped bail in 1998 on charges of cannabis and cocaine dealing.
THE latest revelation that, in the Greater London area alone, police are chasing 4000 criminal suspects who have skipped bail and are now on the run, is further testament to the utter disaster the Government has made of policing.
The businessman had skipped bail in Fiji, where he faced fraud charges, and sailed to Vanuatu.
He said people who have skipped bail should hand themselves in before the police come to get them.
A warrant was issued for Elikem Markham's arrest after he skipped bail and failed to appear at London's Southwark Crown Court yesterday morning for sentence.
A THIEF who admitted stealing a rare book and then spent two years on the run has skipped bail again, a court heard yesterday.
Officers and special constables went to about 70 properties across Huddersfield yesterday to seek out people who had skipped bail, failed to pay fines or were avoiding the courts.
Interpol has warned member countries to stay vigilant, as Polanski had previously skipped bail and defied court orders.
VICTIM: Joseph Radford, 12, with mother Joanne; GUILTY: Sian Elliot twice skipped bail
Superintendent Paul Gallagher, the head of Staffordshire Police's Criminal Justice Department, said: "Those who have skipped bail or failed to pay fines should be warned they face a knock on the door from police when they least expect it and this may result in serious inconvenience to them and their families.
THREE Sri Lankan men, charged over the death of Daventry teacher Deborah Peaty and her unborn child, will be put on trial even though two of them skipped bail and fled the country, a judge has ruled.
She has skipped bail after being arrested for allegedly obtaining money by deception.