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HB 0340 - Criminal procedure; revise provisions regarding when and under what circumstances persons accused of crimes may be released on their own recognizance

Tracking Level: Monitor
Sponsor: Micah Gravley
Last Action: 2/20/2019 - House Second Readers
House Committee: Judiciary - Non-Civil
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

HB 340 amends Title 17 of the O.C.G.A. to 1) Prohibit a bail schedule or local ordinance from mandating automatic release by recognizance for any jailable offense, including local ordinance violations; 2) Require all persons to be brought before a judge prior to release by recognizance; 3) Add all felonies and failure to appear to the offenses requiring a written order specifying the reasons for release by recognizance issued by an elected magistrate, elected state or superior court judge, or their designee; and 4) Not apply to non-jailable local offenses and possession of alcohol by a person under 21 years of age.

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