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S.B. 109





Chief Sponsor: Aaron Osmond

House Sponsor: ____________

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Criminal Code regarding the offense of assault against a peace
             10      officer or military service member.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .     creates the third degree offense of assaulting a peace officer or military service
             14      member in uniform if the offender causes substantial bodily injury; and
             15          .    creates the second degree offense of assaulting a peace officer or a military service
             16      member in uniform while the offender is using a dangerous weapon or force likely
             17      to cause serious injury or death.
             18      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24          76-5-102.4, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 125
             26      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             27          Section 1. Section 76-5-102.4 is amended to read:

             28           76-5-102.4. Assault against peace officer or a military service member in uniform
             29      -- Penalties.
             30          (1) As used in this section:
             31          (a) "Military service member in uniform" means:
             32          (i) a member of any branch of the United States military who is wearing a uniform as
             33      authorized by the member's branch of service; or
             34          (ii) a member of the National Guard serving as provided in Section 39-1-5 or 39-1-9 .
             35          (b) "Peace officer" means a law enforcement officer certified under Section 53-13-103 .
             36          (2) [(a)] A person is guilty of a class A misdemeanor, except as provided in
             37      [Subsection (2)(b)] Subsections (3) and (4), who:
             38          [(i)] (a) assaults a peace officer, with knowledge that he is a peace officer, and when
             39      the peace officer is acting within the scope of his authority as a peace officer; or
             40          [(ii)] (b) assaults a military service member in uniform when that service member is on
             41      orders and acting within the scope of authority granted to the military service member in
             42      uniform.
             43          [(b)] (3) A person who violates [this section and] Subsection (2) is guilty of a third
             44      degree felony if the person:
             45          (a) has been previously convicted of a violation of [this section is guilty of a third
             46      degree felony.] Subsection (2); or
             47          (b) the person causes substantial bodily injury.
             48          (4) A person who violates Subsection (2) is guilty of a second degree felony if the
             49      person uses:
             50          (a) a dangerous weapon as defined in Section 76-1-601 ; or
             51          (b) other means or force likely to produce death or serious bodily injury.
             52          [(3)] (5) A person who violates this section shall serve, in jail or another correctional
             53      facility, a minimum of:
             54          (a) 90 consecutive days for a second offense; and
             55          (b) 180 consecutive days for each subsequent offense.
             56          [(4)] (6) The court may suspend the imposition or execution of the sentence required
             57      under Subsection [(3)] (5) if the court finds that the interests of justice would be best served by
             58      the suspension and the court makes specific findings concerning the disposition [in writing or]

             59      on the record.
             60          [(5)] (7) This section does not affect or limit any individual's constitutional right to the
             61      lawful expression of free speech, the right of assembly, or any other recognized rights secured
             62      by the Constitution or laws of Utah or by the Constitution or laws of the United States.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 12-19-11 6:30 AM

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