Maine Revised Statutes

§1091. Failure to appear; penalty

1. Failure to appear.  A defendant who has been admitted to either preconviction or postconviction bail and who, in fact, fails to appear as required is guilty of:
A. A Class E crime if the underlying crime was punishable by a maximum period of imprisonment of less than one year; or [2003, c. 452, Pt. H, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
B. A Class C crime if the underlying crime was punishable by a maximum period of imprisonment of one year or more. [2003, c. 452, Pt. H, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
[ 2003, c. 452, Pt. H, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF) .]
2. Affirmative defense.  It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under subsection 1 that the failure to appear resulted from just cause.
[ 2003, c. 452, Pt. H, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF) .]
3. Strict liability.  Violation of this section is a strict liability crime as defined in Title 17-A, section 34, subsection 4-A.
[ 2003, c. 452, Pt. H, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1987, c. 758, §20 (NEW). 1995, c. 356, §16 (AMD). 2003, c. 452, §X2 (AFF). 2003, c. 452, §H2 (RPR).