CALCRIM No. 1226. Defense to Kidnapping: Citizen’s Arrest (Pen. Code, §§ 207(f)(2), 834, 837)
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1226.Defense to Kidnapping: Citizen’s Arrest (Pen. Code,
§§ 207(f)(2), 834, 837)
The defendant is not guilty of kidnapping if (he/she) was making a
lawful citizen’s arrest. The defendant was making a lawful citizen’s
arrest if (he/she) acted because:
<Alternative A - person actually committed felony>
[The person arrested committed <insert specific
<Alternative B - reasonable cause to believe person committed felony>
[<Insert specific felony> had been committed, and the
defendant had reasonable cause to believe the person arrested
<Alternative C - person committed misdemeanor in defendant’s presence>
[The person arrested committed or attempted to commit
<insert specific misdemeanor or infraction> in the defendant’s
[Someone has reasonable cause if he or she knows facts that would
persuade someone of reasonable caution that the person to be arrested
has committed a crime.]
The People have the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that
the defendant was not making a lawful citizen’s arrest. If the People
have not met this burden, you must find the defendant not guilty of
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The court has a sua sponte duty to instruct on making a citizen’s arrest when there
is sufficient evidence supporting each of the factors establishing the defense. (See
People v. Barnett (1998) 17 Cal.4th 1044, 1151-1152 [74 Cal.Rptr.2d 121, 954 P.2d
384] [crime occurred before 1990 adoption of Pen. Code, § 207(e)(2); no obligation
to instruct sua sponte if insubstantial evidence of defense].)
The three bracketed alternative paragraphs reflect the situations when a private
person may make an arrest. (See Pen. Code, § 837.) If the second alternative is
given, also give the bracketed paragraph defining “reasonable cause.”
• Instructional Requirements. Pen. Code, §§ 207(f)(2), 834, 837.
• Arrest by Actual Restraint or Submission to Custody. Pen. Code, § 835.
• Summoning Assistance in Making Arrest. Pen. Code, § 839.
• Burden of Proof. See People v. Agnew (1940) 16 Cal.2d 655, 665-666 [107
P.2d 601] [defendant need only raise reasonable doubt regarding lawfulness of
arrest as defense to false imprisonment charge]; People v. Tewksbury (1976) 15
Cal.3d 953, 963-964 [127 Cal.Rptr. 135, 544 P.2d 1335].
• Presence Defined. People v. Lee (1984) 157 Cal.App.3d Supp. 9, 12 [204
Cal.Rptr. 667] [neither physical proximity nor sight is essential].
• Public Offense Defined. Pen. Code, § 15; see People v. Tuck (1977) 75
Cal.App.3d 639, 644 [142 Cal.Rptr. 362] [public offense includes felony,
misdemeanor, or infraction].
• Reasonable Cause Defined. People v. Wilkins (1972) 27 Cal.App.3d 763,
767-768 [104 Cal.Rptr. 89] [proof of commission of felony not necessary when
reasonable cause exists].
1 Witkin & Epstein, California Criminal Law (4th ed. 2012) Crimes Against the
Person, §§ 281, 291.
6 Millman, Sevilla & Tarlow, California Criminal Defense Practice, Ch. 142, Crimes
Against the Person, § 142.14[a] (Matthew Bender).
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CALCRIM No. 1226 KIDNAPPING