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Criminal Law - Crimes Against Property - Right to Defend Property

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Delegate Parrott


In the House - Unfavorable Report by Judiciary

Synopsis:Establishing that an occupant of a dwelling is justified in using any degree of physical force against another person when the other person has made an unlawful entry into the dwelling, and when the occupant has a reasonable belief that the other person has committed a crime in the dwelling in addition to the unlawful entry or is committing or intends to commit a crime against a person or property in addition to the unlawful entry; establishing that a person acting in accordance with the Act is immune from certain criminal prosecution; etc.
Analysis:Fiscal and Policy Note
All Sponsors:Delegates Parrott, Cluster, Glass, Malone, McComas, McConkey, Otto, Rey, and Wivell
Additional Facts:Introduced in a prior session as: HB0608 Session: 2017 Regular Session
Bill File Type: Regular
Effective Date(s): October 1, 2018
Judiciary  View Committee Hearing
Broad Subject(s):Criminal Law - Procedure
Narrow Subject(s):Burglary
Crimes and Punishments -see also- Penalties and Sentnc; etc.
Self Defense
Violence -see also- Domestic Violence; Harassment; Threats
Statutes:Article - Criminal Law

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February 28, 2018 4:14 P.M.