Bond violation first criminal case of ’09 in Pitkin County
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” An alleged bond violation landed a 21-year-old man in jail Monday afternoon about an hour before he was to be sentenced in a domestic violence case. As a result, Daniel Rave-Munoz earned the dubious distinction of being the first criminal case of the year in Pitkin County.
Rave-Munoz was taken into custody at the Aspen Police Department a short while after he walked in to report a missing passport. Officer Jeff Fain reportedly detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on the breath of Rave-Munoz, authorities said.
Officers then arrested Rave-Munoz and booked him into the Pitkin County jail for bond and restraining order violations that stemmed from a domestic dispute at a local hotel earlier this year. The conditions of his bond and restraining order forbid Rave-Munoz from consuming alcohol.
Rave-Munoz appeared later Monday in district court, shackled and clad in an orange jumpsuit, for an advisement hearing before Judge James Boyd.
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Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin argued there was sufficient cause to hold Rave-Munoz based on the information based on information provided by Fain.
“He is on significant bond now. It didn’t seem to deter his behavior,” Mordkin said. “I don’t know what it is going to take.”
Public defender Stephen McCrohan argued otherwise, saying the information provided was insufficient to hold his client. Rave-Munoz did not consent to an alcohol breath test.
Judge Boyd ultimately determined there was “probable cause” to detain Rave-Munoz. He set bond at $2,500. The judge also set a Jan. 12 hearing, at which time charges should be filed.
Rave-Munoz was arrested in July after he was involved in a scuffle with his girlfriend inside the Hyatt Grand Aspen. The district attorney’s office charged him with eight counts ranging from first-degree burglary to false imprisonment.
He later pleaded guilty in November to lesser misdemeanor counts. In exchange, he was to be sentenced to probation on Dec. 15. Rave-Munoz also had to complete domestic violence classes prior to the Dec. 15 court date.
But he did not show up for the Dec. 15 sentencing. That led Senior District Court Judge Thomas W. Ossola to double his bond in that case to $60,000 from $30,000. A day later, on Dec. 16, Rave-Munoz turned himself in at the Pitkin County jail.
Boyd reduced the bond amount to $30,000 at a Dec. 17 hearing. Rave Munoz was to be sentenced Monday.
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