Bill Status of SB0625 102nd General Assembly
Short Description: CRIM PRO-CUSTODY; COMMUNICATE
Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins
| 2/24/2021||Senate||Referred to Assignments|
Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963. Provides that persons who are in police custody have the right to communicate free of charge with an attorney of their choice and family members as soon as possible, upon being taken into police custody, but no later than one hour after arrival at the first place of custody and before any questioning by law enforcement occurs. Persons in police custody must be given: (1) access to use a telephone via a land line or cellular phone to make at least 3 telephone calls; and (2) the ability to retrieve phone numbers contained in his or her contact list on his or her cellular phone prior to the phone being placed into inventory. Provides that notice of these rights must be posted in a conspicuous place at each place a person is in police custody. Provides that if the place of custody is located in a jurisdiction where the court has appointed the public defender or other attorney to represent persons who are in police custody, the telephone number to the public defender or appointed attorney's office must also be displayed. Provides that in the event a person who is in police custody is transferred to a new place of custody, his or her right to make at least 3 telephone calls within one hour after arrival is renewed. Provides that statements made by a person who is detained in police custody in violation of this provision are presumed inadmissible in court as evidence.