SENATE, No. 781

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2010 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  FRED H. MADDEN, JR.

District 4 (Camden and Gloucester)

Senator  JEFF VAN DREW

District 1 (Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senator Sweeney

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Includes death by auto or vessel and certain assaults as crimes with bail restrictions.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel

  


An Act concerning crimes with bail restrictions and amending P.L.1994, c.144.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.  Section 1 of P.L.1994, c.144 (C.2A:162-12) is amended to read as follows:

     1.  a.  As used in this section:

     "Crime with bail restrictions" means a crime of the first or second degree charged under any of the following sections:

     (1)   Murder                                                             2C:11-3.

     (2)   Manslaughter                                                                2C:11-4.

     (3)   Kidnapping                                                                   2C:13-1.

     (4)   Sexual Assault                                                  2C:14-2.

     (5)   Robbery                                                                       2C:15-1.

     (6)   Carjacking                                                                    P.L.1993, c.221, s.1 (C.2C:15-2).

     (7)   Arson and Related Offenses                                          2C:17-1.

     (8)   Causing or Risking Widespread Injury or Damage         2C:17-2.

     (9)   Burglary                                                                       2C:18-2.

     (10) Theft by Extortion                                                         2C:20-5.

     (11) Endangering the Welfare of Children                 2C:24-4.

     (12) Resisting Arrest; Eluding Officer                                    2C:29-2.

     (13) Escape                                                             2C:29-5.

     (14) Corrupting or Influencing a Jury                                    2C:29-8.

     (15) Possession of Weapons for Unlawful Purposes 2C:39-4.

     (16) Weapons Training for Illegal Activities               P.L.1983, c.229, s.1 (C.2C:39-14).

     (17) Soliciting or Recruiting Gang Members              P.L.1999, c.160, s.1 (C.2C:33-28).

     (18) Assault                                                             2C:12-1

     (19) Death by Auto or Vessel                                              2C:11-5

     "Crime with bail restrictions" also includes any first or second degree drug-related crimes under chapter 35 of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes, and any first or second degree racketeering crimes under chapter 41 of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes.

     b.    Subject to the provisions of subsection c. of this section, a person charged with a crime with bail restrictions may post the required amount of bail only in the form of:

     (1)   Full cash;

     (2)   A surety bond executed by a corporation authorized under chapter 31 of Title 17 of the Revised Statutes; or

     (3)   A bail bond secured by real property situated in this State with an unencumbered equity equal to the amount of bail undertaken plus $20,000.

     c.     There shall be a presumption in favor of the court designating the posting of full United States currency cash bail to the exclusion of other forms of bail when a defendant is charged with an offense as set forth in subsection a. of this section and:

     (1)   has two other indictable cases pending at the time of the arrest; or

     (2)   has two prior convictions for a first or second degree crime or for a violation of section 1 of P.L.1987, c.101 (C.2C:35-7) or any combination thereof; or

     (3)   has one prior conviction for murder, aggravated manslaughter, aggravated sexual assault, kidnapping or bail jumping; or

     (4)   was on parole at the time of the arrest,

     unless the court finds on the record that another form of bail authorized in subsection b. of this section will ensure the defendant's presence in court when required.

     d.    When bail is posted in the form of a bail bond secured by real property, the owner of the real property, whether the person is admitted to bail or a surety, shall also file an affidavit containing:

     (1)   A legal description of the real property;

     (2)   A description of each encumbrance on the real property;

     (3)   The market value of the unencumbered equity owned by the affiant as determined in a full appraisal conducted by an appraiser licensed by the State of New Jersey; and

     (4)   A statement that the affiant is the sole owner of the unencumbered equity.

     e.     Nothing herein is intended to preclude a court from releasing a person on the person's own recognizance when the court determines that such person is deserving.

(cf: P.L. 2007, c.46, s.1)

 

     2.  This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill adds first and second degree death by auto or vessel offenses under N.J.S.A.2C:11-5 and second degree assault offenses under N.J.S.A.2C:12-1 to the provisions of N.J.S.A.2A:162-12, the statute concerning crimes with bail restrictions.  Under the statute, bail for certain charged crimes must be posted in full cash or certain surety bonds or bail bonds.