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Let me fact-check it for you. Wait, no need. Because the source I linked to and quoted already said, "as well" as the fine. See below:I didn't say there was no penalty, I said it is rarely applied.
It can be a mando year and a day OR $1500 fine or both.
if you fail to appear on a felony charge, you will serve no less than one year and one day as well as a fine of $1,500 for the failure to appear. This is what is referred to as a mandatory minimum; the judge cannot sentence you to any less than one year and one day for a felony failure to appear.
So again, this is in direct contradiction to your claim. It is not OR and it is mandatory, not rarely applied according to the source, which is a criminal defence lawyer in Minnesota.
I am far from being an expert on US legal matters, but the wonders of the internet help out a great deal.