Trujillo v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)Annotate this Case
Appellant was charged with several offenses for allegedly abusing his pregnant girlfriend and her son. The district court entered a no contact order and set bail at $25,000 cash or surety. Appellant posted bond and was released. The State subsequently moved to revoke Appellant’s release status and increase his bail on the grounds that he had violated the no contact order. After issuing a bench warrant, the circuit court set bail at $300,000 cash. Appellant filed a petition for writ of certiorari, arguing that Arkansas does not allow cash-only bail and that his bail was excessive. The Supreme Court denied the petition, holding (1) the Arkansas Constitution permits cash-only bail; and (2) because Appellant has pled guilty to several charges, the issue of excessive bail has become moot.