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Judge issues warrants for no-shows

Two defendants miss arraignments

May 31, 2013

Barbour County Circuit Court Judge Alan Moats issued arrest orders for two defendants who did not appear for their arraignment Thursday....

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May-31-13 9:26 AM

How is that in Randolph County, bonds are set at obscene numbers ($20,000, $50,000, $100,000 etc.) whereas in Barbour County, they are ridiculously low amounts. Unless it's a mis-print, how can someone charged with a third DUI get a $5,000 bond? The law should apply equally to everyone in all counties.

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May-31-13 10:21 AM

The bonds can differ. Some are surety some are cash. Randolph County's are generally a surety meaning you can use a bondsman. Barbour County's $5,000.00 bond may be a cash only. It's generally up to the magistrates discretion within reason.

What I don't understand is how you can place someone on Community Corrections before they have been convicted of anything. It's my understanding that Community Corrections is supposed to be for people who have been CONVICTED of a crime. Can it be imposed as a condition of bond? Is that even legal?

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