Colorado law normally provides that individuals can get bail or a bond and stay out of jail both following a conviction, pending sentencing or an appeal. C.R.S. 16-4-101. However, this privilege changes with a few types of crimes based solely on political considerations in Arapahoe and Douglas County. Here is the list of crimes which do not get a bail or bond following a conviction, and until sentencing or during an appeal.
Crimes Which Do Not Get Bail or Bond
- Any felony sexual assault involving a deadly weapon
- Any felony sexual assault committed against a child who is under fifteen years of age
- A crime of violence
- Any felony committed using a firearm
- The crime of Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender in certain circumstances
- Felony Child Abuse in certain circumstances
In other types of cases, the court may not set bond following a conviction unless the court finds:
- The person is unlikely to flee and does not pose a danger to the safety of any person or the community; and
- The appeal is not frivolous or is not pursued for the purpose of delay.
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Real Life Examples of This Law's Unintended Consequences
An absurd result often occurs under this law. A defendant is convicted in Adams or Jefferson County of a nonmadatory prison felony on the list above – take Sexual Assault on a Child, for example. Next, he spends 6-8 weeks in the county jail awaiting sentencing. As a result, he loses the job he has held for years. At sentencing, the judge sentences him to work release or probation, finding that prison is not necessary. Since the defendant has lost his job, he no longer qualifies for work release and must serve straight jail time. In other cases, since he has lost his job, he can't succeed on Sex Offender Intensive Supervised Probation (SOISP) in Arvada or Lakewood, because he can't pay his bills related to treatment and a required new residence. He is set up to fail.
How Prison Time Can be Served by an Innocent Man
We recently had a case where our client appealed his Sexual Assault on a Child, Position of Trust, conviction. He was required to spend nearly two years in DOC (prison) before his conviction was overturned by the Colorado One of our clients was falsely accused, and spent time in prison before his conviction was overturned. Is this justice?Supreme Court. If he had stolen some money or assaulted someone, he would have been out on bond and not had to spend any time in prison. Why is it that when an innocent man is convicted of a crime involving a child and sex, he has to go to prison? Due process rights under our federal and Colorado constitutions provides that a person is entitled to appeal their case so they are not wrongfully convicted and punished. In our case, the defendant was punished even though he was later found to be improperly convicted.
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