WA Legal Roundup: Division I
Nikeemia Coucil was arrested, charged with threatening to kill a man and released on bail. He failed to appear at a hearing on the charge. He was rearrested and charged with bail jumping. He was convicted of both the harassment and bail jumping charges. On appeal, he claimed that because the underlying crime was a misdemeanor, it was inappropriate to be charged and sentenced for felony bail jumping.
The Court of Appeals rejected this, stating that the purpose of the bail jumping statute was not to add an additional sanction for the underlying offense, but to “compel appearances at criminal hearings.”