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HB16-1104

Summons In Lieu Of Warrant For Non-violent Crimes

Concerning the issuance of a summons in lieu of a warrant for certain non-violent offenders.
Session:
2016 Regular Session
Subjects:
Courts & Judicial
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

Under prior law, except in class 1, class 2, and class 3 felonies; level 1 and level 2 drug felonies; and unclassified felonies punishable by a maximum penalty of more than 10 years, if an indictment was returned or an information, felony complaint, or complaint was filed prior to the arrest of the person named as defendant therein, the court could issue a summons commanding the appearance of the defendant in lieu of a warrant for his or her arrest unless a law enforcement officer presented in writing a basis to believe that there is a significant risk of flight or that a victim or public safety may be compromised.

The act states that, except for class 1, class 2, class 3, and class 4 felonies; certain crimes relating to victim's rights laws; and in unclassified felonies punishable by a maximum penalty of more than 10 years, a law enforcement officer may issue a summons commanding the appearance of the defendant in lieu of a warrant for his or her arrest based on probable cause if:
  • The local district attorney consents to the procedure and has developed and approved criteria for the issuance of such a summons;
  • There is a reasonable likelihood that the defendant will appear;
  • The defendant has had no felony arrests during the preceding 5 years;
  • There is no allegation that the defendant used a deadly weapon; and
  • There are no outstanding warrants for the defendant's arrest.

Not later than 10 days after the law enforcement officer issues the summons, he or she shall deliver a copy to the court and to the office of the district attorney where jurisdiction lies.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

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