Misdemeanor cases; law-enforcement officer may issue summons or arrest person. (HB2943)

Introduced By

Del. Jackson Miller (R-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Misdemeanor summons. Gives a law-enforcement officer the choice of issuing a summons and releasing the person or arresting him for Class 1 and 2 misdemeanors. Under current law the law-enforcement officer must release the person on a summons for most Class 1 and 2 misdemeanors unless the person fails to stop the unlawful act or indicates that he will not appear as directed in the summons. The bill also requires the officer to arrest the person if he fails to stop the unlawful act; currently arrest is discretionary. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 073383105
01/10/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2007Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/03/2007Read first time
02/05/2007Read second time and engrossed
02/06/2007Read third time and passed House (74-Y 23-N)
02/06/2007Communicated to Senate
02/07/2007Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/19/2007Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (5-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2007Letter sent to Crime Commission