2013 South Carolina Code of Laws
Title 17 - Criminal Procedures
CHAPTER 13 - ARREST, PROCESS, SEARCHES AND SEIZURES
SECTION 17-13-20. Additional circumstances when citizens may arrest; means to be used.


SC Code § 17-13-20 (2013) What's This?

A citizen may arrest a person in the nighttime by efficient means as the darkness and the probability of escape render necessary, even if the life of the person should be taken, when the person:

(a) has committed a felony;

(b) has entered a dwelling house without express or implied permission;

(c) has broken or is breaking into an outhouse with a view to plunder;

(d) has in his possession stolen property; or

(e) being under circumstances which raise just suspicion of his design to steal or to commit some felony, flees when he is hailed.

HISTORY: 1962 Code Section 17-252; 1952 Code Section 17-252; 1942 Code Section 908; 1932 Code Section 908; Cr. P. '22 Section 2; Cr. C. '12 Section 2; Cr. C. '02 Section 2; G. S. 2617; R. S. 2; 1866 (13) 406; 1995 Act No. 53, Section 1.

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