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Introduced Version House Bill 3081 History

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H. B. 3081


(By Delegate Ennis)
[Introduced March 17, 2005; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary.]




A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §61-1-10, relating to making it a crime for a person to fail to appear in court on a criminal matter when under a mandate to do so; and providing a penalty for violation.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §61-1-10, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1. CRIMES AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT.
§61-1-10.
Failure to Appear; penalties.
Where any person has failed to appear in any court in this state on a criminal matter in accordance with a citation, summons, warrant, bond or court ordered continuance, in addition to any other remedies provided in this code, that person is guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars, or imprisoned in jail not more than thirty days. Each court date missed constitutes a separate offense.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to make it a misdemeanor for a person to fail to appear for court.


This section is new; therefore strike-throughs and underlining have been omitted.
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