TITLE LIX
PROCEEDINGS IN CRIMINAL CASES

CHAPTER 594
ARRESTS IN CRIMINAL CASES

Arrest

Section 594:14

    594:14 Summons Instead of Arrest. –
I. In any case in which it is lawful for a peace officer to arrest without a warrant a person for a misdemeanor or violation, he or she may instead issue to the person in hand a written summons in substantially the following form:
The State of New Hampshire
To ......................................................................
You are hereby notified to appear before the .................... circuit court of the State of New Hampshire, district division, to be holden in ...................... on the .......... day of .................... 20 ...... at .......... o'clock in the forenoon (afternoon) to answer to a complaint (to be filed in said court) charging you with .......... in violation of the laws of the State of New Hampshire. If you are charged with a class A misdemeanor or felony and you want a lawyer to represent you at the arraignment and throughout your case, but you cannot afford to hire a lawyer, you must fill out an application for court-appointed counsel and deliver it to the circuit court identified above as soon as possible. The court will appoint an attorney to represent you if your application shows that you are eligible. If you believe that you are eligible for appointed counsel, you may apply prior to your arraignment.
Hereof fail not, as you will answer your default under the penalty of the law in that behalf made and provided.
Pending appearance as described herein, you shall remain of good behavior.
Dated at 
 Name 
the.......... day of .............. 20..... 
 Title 
 

Upon failure to appear or to remain of good behavior, a warrant of arrest may issue. Any person who fails to appear in answer to such summons shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
II. A summons may be issued after an arrest for a misdemeanor or violation in lieu of bail.

Source. 1941, 163:9. RL 423:28. RSA 594:14. 1965, 38:1. 1977, 588:11. 1983, 347:1, eff. Aug. 17, 1983. 2014, 194:1, eff. Sept. 9, 2014. 2019, 66:1, eff. Jan. 1, 2020.