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Q: What does non db detention mean?

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Louis A Casadia
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  • Hammonton, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: You need to provide more context. I am not immediately familiar with that abbreviation but if you describe your case and where this abbreviation appears I might be able to answer your question. Specifically was this on a court order, mentioned in court, on a Public Safety Assessment (PSA) for a detention hearing? Is this a Federal Criminal Case? Is that phrase surrounded by any other text?

James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: Non-DB detention is a category of federal pretrial detention, referring to custody of defendants that have federal criminal charges pending against them but have not been designated dangerous or flight risks.

Some key points about non-DB detention:

- "DB" stands for "Dangerousness and Flight Risk" - so non-DB detention means the defendant was NOT deemed too dangerous to release or a flight risk.

- However, non-DB defendants can still be detained pretrial under the Bail Reform Act based on concerns for community safety and likelihood to reoffend (though at a lower threshold than for DB cases).

- The court uses evidence like prior convictions, probation violations, threats, substance abuse, etc to determine if non-DB detention should apply while awaiting trial.

- Non-DB detention usually happens in shorter durations than for DB defendants and has additional requirements around expedited scheduling, bail reviews every 90 days, etc.

So in summary - non-DB detention allows federal pretrial custody but with fewer restrictions than for defendants formally designated as dangerous or flight risks. It still requires some evidence that release may jeopardize public safety in minor ways. The detention has time limits attached.

Mark Cheser
Mark Cheser
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Union, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: More information is needed. Do you mean "db' or "dv". A DV detention would be an arrest and hold based on the domestic violence nature of the criminal act. Otherwise I do not know what a DB is.

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