Terms Used In Wisconsin Statutes 946.49

  • 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.
  • felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Person: includes all partnerships, associations and bodies politic or corporate. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
   (1)   Whoever, having been released from custody under ch. 969, intentionally fails to comply with the terms of his or her bond is:
      (a)    If the offense with which the person is charged is a misdemeanor, guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
      (b)    If the offense with which the person is charged is a felony, guilty of a Class H felony.
   (2)   A witness for whom bail has been required under s. 969.01 (3) is guilty of a Class I felony for failure to appear as provided.