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New Law Denies Immediate Bond for Crimes Committed while on Pretrial Release

New Law Denies Immediate Bond for Crimes Committed while on Pretrial Release

New Law and Its Two Components

A Roanoke Rapids man committed a crime while on pretrial release and was charged under a new law which denies him an immediate bond for 48 hours. According to Roanoke Rapids police Chief Shane Guyant, the new law has two components that went into effect on October 1, 2021.

Under the first component of the law, a defendant on any kind of release, whether a secured bond, unsecured bond or written promise to appear and has new charges lodged, a magistrate cannot set their bond until a 48-hour window passes.
The second component of the new law applies to those charged with a violent crime or those charged with a new crime while out on some form of pretrial release. The law states that a judge, not a magistrate, will determine whether a person charged can be released before trial.

Jamaryon Martin-Dyon Atkins Case

Jamaryon Martin-Dyon Atkins, 19 years old, committed a new crime while out on pretrial release. Atkins had parked illegally in a handicapped spot and then resisted his arresting officer. Sergeant D. Newsome noticed Atkins pull into a handicapped parking space and instructed him to move his vehicle as Atkins had no handicapped placard. Atkins began to use profanity and refused to produce his driver’s license and resisted Newsome’s orders. During this exchange, the passenger, Cemonye Travius Scott, 20, of Halifax began recording the matter on his phone and was asked to back up but he began using profanity and kept getting closer to Newsome as he was trying to place Atkins under arrest. Scott was cited for disorderly conduct and was released to a responsible person at the police department. Atkins was charged with resisting a public officer and a handicap parking violation. However, under the new law, Atkins was not given an immediate bond for 48 hours after the arrest.

The New Law Litmus Test Charges

The litmus test charges covered under the new law are:

Murder — first- or second-degree or attempted murder
Forcible rape — first- or second-degree
Statutory rape of a child by an adult
First-degree statutory rape
Statutory rape of a person who is 15 years or younger
Forcible sex offenses — first- or second-degree
Statutory sex offense with a child by an adult
First-degree statutory sex offense
Statutory sex offense of a person who is 15 years or younger
Human trafficking
Assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury
Discharge firearm into occupied property
First-degree burglary
First-degree arson
Robbery with a dangerous weapon

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