Summons; promise to appear after issuance, issuance of summons instead of warrant in certain cases. (HB520)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Promise to appear after the issuance of a summons; issuance of summons instead of warrant in certain cases; nonviolent felonies. Provides that if any person refuses to give a written promise to appear after the issuance of a summons, the arresting officer shall give such person notice of the time and place of the hearing, note such person's refusal to give his written promise to appear on the summons, and forthwith release him from custody. Under current law, any person refusing to give such written promise to appear is required to be taken immediately by the arresting officer before a magistrate or other issuing officer having jurisdiction. The bill also provides that a law-enforcement officer, at his discretion, may issue a summons instead of a warrant for certain felony offenses, described in the bill, if (i) in the judgment of the officer, the person charged will cease committing the illegal act; (ii) in the judgement of the officer, the person charged does not pose an immediate threat to public safety; and (iii) the person charged signs a written promise to appear at the time and place of the hearing. The bill prohibits a law-enforcement agency from creating a policy that requires or prohibits release for persons meeting such criteria. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104520D
01/08/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/2024Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/26/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB520)
01/26/2024Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/29/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/29/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/02/2024Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2024Committee substitute printed 24106574D-H1
02/06/2024Read first time
02/07/2024Read second time
02/07/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24106574D-H1
02/07/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB520H1
02/08/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB520H1)
02/08/2024Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
02/08/2024Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/13/2024Left in Courts of Justice

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