Arrest/prosecution of individual experiencing mental health emerg.; assault against law enforcement. (HB613)

Introduced By

Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Don Scott (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Arrest and prosecution of individual experiencing a mental health emergency; assault or assault and battery against a law-enforcement officer. Provides that no individual shall be subject to arrest or prosecution for an assault or assault and battery against a law-enforcement officer if at the time of the assault or assault and battery (i) the individual (a) is experiencing a mental health emergency or (b) meets the criteria for issuance of an emergency custody order and (ii) the law-enforcement officer subject to the assault or assault and battery was responding to a call for service requesting assistance for such individual. The bill provides that no law-enforcement officer acting in good faith shall be found liable for false arrest if it is later determined that the person arrested was immune from prosecution. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101407D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB613)
02/10/2022Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/11/2022Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 0-N)
02/15/2022Left in Courts of Justice


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