Illegal aliens; presumption against admission to bail for those charged with criminal offense. (HB155)

Introduced By

Del. Paul Nichols (D-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Criminal procedure; admission to bail. Adds a presumption, subject to rebuttal, against admitting to bail any alien charged with a criminal offense who is in the United States illegally as verified by the Law Enforcement Support Center of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the United States Department of Homeland Security. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/21/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 088278654
12/21/2007Referred to Committee on Rules
02/12/2008Left in Rules

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB47 and SB152.


cook writes:

This bill is back, and once again this year I challenge supporters of the bill to provide evidence that an undocumented immigrant is less likely to appear for trial than a documented immigrant or a person native-born. I understand that intuitively it seems that undocumented persons would be less likely to appear. However, as an attorney in a community with a large immigrant population, I have experienced in my practice that my undocumented clients are NOT less likely to appear than other clients. Indeed, my immigrant clients are more likely to appear than my native clients! This is true even when my client KNOWS he will be going to prison and then deportation! I realize that this is merely anecdotal, but I have discussed this issue with other attorneys who have had the same experience.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

This is the same as Del. Mark Cole's HB47.

Mary Steele writes:

They are "illegally" in this country and we must take all necessary precautions to assure they show up, then deport them as soon as they as their jail term expires or when they are otherwise cleared of charges.

We must honor the ones that came here legally and those legally waiting their turn outside of this country.

Mary Steele
Yorktown VA

jWHIGHAM writes:

I agree with this bill however my concern is the access agencies will have to the Law Enforcement Center to obtain necessary information.