2000 Regular Session
To: Judiciary B
By: Representatives Fredericks, Clarke, Coleman (29th), Coleman (65th), Dickson, Jennings, Peranich, Stevens, Straughter, Thomas, Whittington
House Bill 566
(As Sent to Governor)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 99-3-7, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REVISE WARRANTLESS ARRESTS IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 99-3-7, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
99-3-7. (1) An officer or private person may arrest any person without warrant, for an indictable offense committed, or a breach of the peace threatened or attempted in his presence; or when a person has committed a felony, though not in his presence; or when a felony has been committed, and he has reasonable ground to suspect and believe the person proposed to be arrested to have committed it; or on a charge, made upon reasonable cause, of the commission of a felony by the party proposed to be arrested. And in all cases of arrests without warrant, the person making such arrest must inform the accused of the object and cause of the arrest, except when he is in the actual commission of the offense, or is arrested on pursuit.
(2) Any law enforcement officer may arrest any person on a misdemeanor charge without having a warrant in his possession when a warrant is in fact outstanding for that person's arrest and the officer has knowledge through official channels that the warrant is outstanding for that person's arrest. In all such cases, the officer making the arrest must inform such person at the time of the arrest the object and cause therefor. If the person arrested so requests, the warrant shall be shown to him as soon as practicable.
(3) Any law enforcement officer shall arrest a person with or without a warrant when he has probable cause to believe that the person has, within twenty-four (24) hours of such arrest, knowingly committed a misdemeanor which is an act of domestic violence or knowingly violated provisions of an ex parte protective order, protective order after hearing or court-approved consent agreement entered by a chancery, county, justice or municipal court pursuant to the Protection from Domestic Abuse Law, Sections 93-21-1 through 93-21-29, Mississippi Code of 1972, or a restraining or protective order entered by a foreign court of competent jurisdiction to protect an applicant from domestic violence as defined by Section 97-3-7 that require such person to absent himself from a particular geographic area, or prohibits such person from being within a specified distance of another person or persons.
(4) As used in subsection (3) of this section, the phrase "misdemeanor which is an act of domestic violence" shall mean one or more of the following acts between family or household members who reside together or formerly resided together, current or former spouses, or persons who have a biological or legally adopted child together:
(a) Simple domestic violence within the meaning of Section 97-3-7;
(b) Disturbing the family or public peace within the meaning of Section 97-35-9, 97-35-11, 97-35-13 or 97-35-15; or
(c) Stalking within the meaning of Section 97-3-107.
(5) Any arrest made pursuant to subsection (3) of this section shall be designated as domestic assault or domestic violence on both the arrest docket and the incident report.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2000.