2015 New Hampshire Revised Statutes
Title LXII - CRIMINAL CODE
Chapter 627 - JUSTIFICATION
Section 627:8-a - Use of Force by Merchants.

NH Rev Stat § 627:8-a (2015) What's This?

    627:8-a Use of Force by Merchants. –
    I. A merchant, or his or her agent, is justified in detaining any person who he or she has reasonable grounds to believe has committed the offense of willful concealment, as defined by RSA 637:3-a, on his or her premises as long as necessary to surrender the person to a peace officer, provided such detention is conducted in a reasonable manner.
    II. A motion picture theater owner, or his or her agent, is justified in detaining any person who he or she has reasonable grounds to believe has committed the offense of unauthorized recording in a motion picture theater on his or her premises, as defined by RSA 644:19, as long as necessary to surrender the person to a peace officer, provided such detention is conducted in a reasonable manner.
    III. Notwithstanding RSA 594:10, a peace officer may arrest a person who has been detained pursuant to this section, without a warrant, if the peace officer has probable cause to believe that the person has committed the offense of willful concealment and if the merchant or his or her agent witnessed the offense or if the unlawfully obtained goods or merchandise of the store were recovered from the person.

Source. 1981, 344:2. 2005, 70:1, eff. Jan. 1, 2006. 2009, 209:8, eff. Jan. 1, 2010. 2012, 205:1, eff. Jan. 1, 2013.


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