Bail Jumping and Failure to Appear
Chapter 38 of the Texas Penal Code defines offenses relating to the obstruction of governmental operation.
“Bail Jumping and Failure to Appear”, as per § 38.10 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when a person lawfully released from custody, with or without bail, on condition that he subsequently appear commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly fails to appear in accordance with the terms of his release.
An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor if the offense for which the actor's appearance was required is punishable by fine only.
An offense under this section is a felony of the third degree if the offense for which the actor's appearance was required is classified as a felony.
Any other offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.
Severity of Crime
Fine not to exceed $500
Confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year
Fine not to exceed $4,000
Both such fine and confinement
Third Degree Felony
Imprisonment in the institutional division for not more than 10 years or less than two years
In addition to imprisonment, may receive a fine not to exceed $10,000