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Bail Jumping, § 946.49(1)(b) – Generally

State v. Daniel Wyatt Henning, 2004 WI 89
For Henning: Steven D. Phillips, SPD, Madison Appellate

Issue/Holding:

¶39. In Wisconsin, bail jumping and the crime underlying a bail jumping charge are distinct and separate offenses for purposes of the Double Jeopardy Clause. State ex rel. Jacobus v. State, 208 Wis. 2d 39, 53, 559 N.W.2d 900 (1997) (citing State v. Harris, 190 Wis. 2d 718, 724, 528 N.W.2d 7 (Ct. App. 1994); State v. Nelson, 146 Wis. 2d 442, 449, 432 N.W.2d 115 (Ct. App. 1988)), review denied 147 Wis. 2d 890, 436 N.W.2d 30 (1988)). These cases conclusively demonstrate that the legislature’s purpose in enacting bail jumping laws was to authorize multiple punishments to promote multiple interests. “[B]ail jumping laws are intended not only to deter bail jumping, but also to enhance the effective administration of justice in the courts. . . . [C]ourts impose bond conditions with the intent to protect members of the community . . . and prevent a defendant from violating the law.” Jacobus, 208 Wis. 2d at 52.

 

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