HB 1145 - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 1145
SPONSORS: Rep. Gallager, Merr. 15
COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety
This bill adds an exception to the criminal restraint and false imprisonment statutes based on temporary detainment in a motor vehicle and removes civil liability for the use of force in the protection of person or property and amends the law governing the duty to retreat when using physical force in defense of oneself or another.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Two
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 Interference With Freedom; Criminal Restraint. Amend RSA 633:2 to read as follows:
633:2 Criminal Restraint.
I. A person is guilty of a class B felony if [he] such person knowingly confines another unlawfully in circumstances exposing [him] such other person to risk of serious bodily injury.
II. The meaning of "confines another unlawfully", as used in this section and RSA 633:3, includes but is not limited to confinement accomplished by force, threat, or deception or, in the case of a person who is under the age of 16 or incompetent, if it is accomplished without the consent of his or her parent or guardian. "Confines another unlawfully" shall not include confinement in a motor vehicle caused by a temporary circumstance such as traffic, parades, or protest, where there is minimal risk of bodily harm.
2 Criminal Code; Civil Immunity. Amend RSA 627:1-a to read as follows:
627:1-a Civil Immunity. A person who uses force in self-protection or in the protection of other persons pursuant to RSA 627:4,[ in the protection of premises and property pursuant to RSA 627:7 and 627:8,] in law enforcement pursuant to RSA 627:5, or in the care or welfare of a minor pursuant to RSA 627:6, is justified in using such force and shall be immune from civil liability for personal injuries sustained by a perpetrator which were caused by the acts or omissions of the person as a result of the use of force. In a civil action initiated by or on behalf of a perpetrator against the person, the court shall award the person reasonable attorney's fees, and costs, including but not limited to, expert witness fees, court costs, and compensation for loss of income.
3 Criminal Code; Physical Force in Defense of a Person. Amend RSA 627:4, III(a) to read as follows:
(a) Retreat from the encounter, except that he or she is not required to retreat if he or she is within his or her dwelling, its curtilage[, or anywhere he or she has a right to be,] and was not the initial aggressor; or
4 Effective Date. This act shall take effect January 1, 2023.
Nov. 23, 2021: Introduced 01/05/2022 and referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety