(a) The person commits the crime of bail jumping in the first degree if, having been lawfully released from custody, with or without bail, upon condition that he will subsequently appear at a specified time and place in connection with a charge of his having committed murder or any Class A or B felony, he fails to appear at the time and place.

Terms Used In Alabama Code 13A-10-39

  • Bail: Security given for the release of a criminal defendant or witness from legal custody (usually in the form of money) to secure his/her appearance on the day and time appointed.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • person: includes a corporation as well as a natural person. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608

(b) It is a defense to prosecution under this section that the defendant‘s failure to appear was unintentional or was unavoidable and due to circumstances beyond his control. The burden of injecting the defense of an unintentional failure to appear, or unavoidability and circumstances beyond his control, is on the defendant.

(c) Bail jumping in the first degree is a Class C felony.

(Acts 1977, No. 607, p. 812, §4620.)