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HB19-1225:No Monetary Bail For Certain Low-level Offenses

Criminal Legal Reform
Bill Number: HB19-1225
Year: 2019
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: L. Herod/ M. Soper


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 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.

Current Status:

Governor Signed (04/25/2019)
Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (04/08/2019)
Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments (04/05/2019)
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary (03/26/2019)
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (03/22/2019)
House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole (03/14/2019)

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