H. B. 2214
(By Delegates Pettit, Warner, Trump and Given)
[Introduced January 24, 1995; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section one, article one-c, chapter
sixty-two of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine
hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to bail; who has
the right; when discretionary; when denial mandatory; review
of the bail determination; and revocation.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section one, article one-c, chapter sixty-two of the
code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as
amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1C. BAIL.
§62-1C-1. Right to bail; exceptions; review.
(a) A person arrested for an offense not punishable by life
imprisonment shall be admitted to bail by the court or
magistrate. A person arrested for an offense punishable by life
imprisonment may, in the discretion of the court that will have
jurisdiction to try the offense, be admitted to bail.
(b) Bail may be allowed pending appeal from a conviction,
except that bail shall not be granted where the offense is
punishable by life imprisonment, where there is a sexual offense
against a minor or where the court has determined from the
evidence at the trial or upon a plea of guilty or nolo contendere
that the offense was committed or attempted to be committed with
the use, presentment or brandishing of a firearm or other deadly
weapon, or by the use of violence to a person: Provided, That
the denial of bail under one of these exceptions may be reviewed
by summary petition to the supreme court of appeals or any
justice thereof, and the petition for bail may be granted where
there is a likelihood that the defendant will prevail upon the
appeal. The court or judge allowing bail pending appeal may at
any time revoke the order admitting the defendant to bail.
(c) The amount of bail or the discretionary denial of bail
at any stage of the proceedings may be reviewed by summary
petition first to the lower appellate court, if any, and
thereafter by summary petition to the supreme court of appeals or
any judge thereof.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to include a child
molestation conviction to the list of offenses for which a
defendant shall be denied bail.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken
from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language
that would be added.