In re Colorado v. JonesAnnotate this Case
Defendant Zachariah Jones petitioned the Supreme Court to appeal a district court's decision to revoke his bail bond in its entirety, and ordered that he be held without bond pending resolution of charges in a different district. Defendant was arrested, charged and released on bond in connection with several felony drug offenses in Denver County. Several months later, the Denver District Attorney moved to revoke bond, alleging that while Jones was released on bond, a court in Adams County issued a warrant for his arrest, based on an assault charge. The Denver district court concluded that because another court had found probable cause to believe defendant committed another felony, it had the statutory authority to revoke bond. The Court of Appeals found it lacked jurisdiction to review the Denver district court's judgment according to an expedited procedure listed in 16-4-205 (3), C.R.S. (2014). The Supreme Court reversed and remanded after review, concluding the appellate court erred in concluding that it lacked jurisdiction to entertain the appeal. "Because section 105(3) merely empowered the district court to have Jones brought before it for purposes of modifying the conditions of his pretrial release, the district court erred in revoking his existing bond and denying him a right to pretrial release altogether." The matter was remanded to the district court with directions to reinstate defendant's bail bond.