POLICE VEHICLE AND EQUIPMENT PROTECTION ACT.

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House Bill 761 (Public) Filed Thursday, April 29, 2021
AN ACT TO INCREASE THE PENALTIES FOR BREAKING AND ENTERING INTO CERTAIN LAW ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES AND FOR THE THEFT OF CERTAIN LAW ENFORCEMENT EQUIPMENT, TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS TO S.L. 2021-118, AND TO MAKE A TECHNICAL CORRECTION TO S.L. 2021-123.
Intro. by Blackwell, Faircloth, Boles, McNeill.

Status: Ch. SL 2021-167 (Oct 15 2021)

SOG comments (1):

Long title change

Senate committee substitute to the 1st edition changed the long title. Original long title was AN ACT TO INCREASE THE PENALTIES FOR BREAKING AND ENTERING INTO CERTAIN LAW ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES AND FOR THE THEFT OF CERTAIN LAW ENFORCEMENT EQUIPMENT.

Bill History:

H 761/S.L. 2021-167

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Oct 18 2021 - More information

    AN ACT TO INCREASE THE PENALTIES FOR BREAKING AND ENTERING INTO CERTAIN LAW ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES AND FOR THE THEFT OF CERTAIN LAW ENFORCEMENT EQUIPMENT, TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS TO S.L. 2021-118, AND TO MAKE A TECHNICAL CORRECTION TO S.L. 2021-123. SL 2021-167. Enacted Oct. 15, 2021. Effective Dec. 1, 2021.


  • Summary date: Sep 21 2021 - More information

    Senate committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.

    Amends GS 15A-145.5(c1)(1), as amended by SL 2021-118, concerning the content of a petition for expunction, by requiring that the petitioner's affidavit that the petitioner is of good moral character also include one of the following statements: (1) if the petition is for the expunction of one or more nonviolent misdemeanors, that the petitioner has not been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor, other than a traffic violation, during the applicable five-year or seven-year waiting period (this statement is required under law currently but is not limited to when the expunction is for nonviolent misdemeanors) or (2) if the petition is for the expunction of one or up to three nonviolent felonies, that the petitioner has not been convicted of any misdemeanor, other than a traffic violation, in the five years preceding the petition, or any felony during the applicable 10-year or 20-year waiting period. Applies to petitions filed on or after December 1, 2021. Makes conforming changes and amends the act's long title.

    Amends Section 7 of SL 2021-123 as follows. Amends the annual report that the Juvenile Justice Section of the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice of the Department of Public Safety must make to the specified NCGA committee, so that it includes all complaints received (was, complaints filed) against a juvenile less than 10 years old, but at least 6 years of age. Makes additional technical changes. Applies to offenses committed on or after December 1, 2021. Makes conforming changes and amends the act's long title.


  • Summary date: Apr 29 2021 - More information

    Amends GS 14-56, which makes it a Class I felony for a person to break and enter any railroad car, motor vehicle, trailer, aircraft, boat or other watercraft, containing goods or other things of value, with the intent to commit any felony or larceny therein, and after having committed any felony or larceny therein, breaks out of the same. Increases the offense to a Class H felony if the railroad car, motor vehicle, trailer, aircraft, boat or other watercraft is owned or operated by any law enforcement agency, the NC National Guard, or any branch of the US Armed Forces, and the person knows or reasonably should know of such ownership or operation. 

    Enacts GS 14-72.9, establishing the offense of larceny of law enforcement equipment from a law enforcement vehicle, punishable as a Class H felony, or a Class G felony for equipment valued in excess of $1,000. Requires that the person knows or reasonably should know that the vehicle was a law enforcement vehicle and the property was law enforcement equipment. Defines law enforcement equipment and law enforcement vehicle

    Applicable to offenses committed on or after December 1, 2021. 


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