2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
January 28, 2020 - Introduced by Representatives Ott, Horlacher, Sanfelippo,
Kerkman, Duchow, Wichgers, Dittrich, Knodl, Brandtjen and Plumer,
cosponsored by Senators Stroebel, Nass and Jacque. Referred to Committee
on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.
1An Act to amend
969.03 (1) (intro.); and to create
969.02 (1m) and 969.03 (1g) 2
of the statutes; relating to: bail for a criminal defendant who is charged with
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a judge may release a person charged with a crime without
bail, or may release the defendant only if he or she executes an unsecured appearance
bond. Under current law, a judge also has discretion to require a defendant to
execute a secured bond to be released. Under this bill, a judge may not release a
defendant without bail or on an unsecured bond if the defendant is charged with bail
jumping. Such a defendant may be released only if he or she executes a secured bond.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
969.02 (1m) of the statutes is created to read:
Notwithstanding subs. (1), (2), and (3), a judge may release a 6
defendant under this section if the defendant is charged with bail jumping under s. 7
946.49 only if the judge requires the execution of an appearance bond with sufficient 8
solvent sureties or the deposit of cash in lieu of sureties under sub. (2).
969.03 (1) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(intro.) A defendant charged with a felony may be released by the 3
judge without bail or upon the execution of an unsecured appearance bond or the.
judge may in addition to requiring the execution of an appearance bond or in lieu 5
thereof impose one or more of the following conditions which will assure appearance 6
969.03 (1g) of the statutes is created to read:
Notwithstanding sub. (1), a judge may release a defendant under 9
this section if the defendant is charged with bail jumping under s. 946.49 only if the 10
judge requires the execution of an appearance bond with sufficient solvent sureties 11
or the deposit of cash in lieu of sureties under sub. (1) (d).