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No Monetary Bail For Certain Low-level Offenses

Concerning prohibiting the use of monetary bail for certain levels of offenses except in certain circumstances.
2019 Regular Session
Courts & Judicial
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

Under current law, the court is required to release a person charged with a class 3 misdemeanor, petty offense, or unclassified offense on a personal recognizance bond unless certain conditions exist. The bill removes petty offenses from that requirement. The bill prohibits a court from imposing a monetary condition of release for a defendant charged with a traffic offense, petty offense, or comparable municipal offense, except for a traffic offense involving death or bodily injury, eluding a police officer, circumventing an interlock device, or a municipal offense with substantially similar elements to a state misdemeanor offense. The bill does not prohibit a defendant's release based on a pretrial policy that includes monetary conditions if the defendant is informed that he or she would be released without monetary conditions if he or she waits for a bond hearing. The bill does not prohibit issuance of a warrant with monetary conditions of bond for a defendant who fails to appear in court as required or who violates a condition of release.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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