California Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM) (2017)
2762. Escape After Remand or ArrestDownload PDF
2762.Escape After Remand or Arrest (Pen. Code, § 836.6)
The defendant is charged [in Count ] with (escape/ [or]
attempted escape) following (a remand/an arrest) [in violation of Penal
Code section 836.6].
To prove that the defendant is guilty of this crime, the People must
[1. The defendant was remanded, which means that a (magistrate/
judge) ordered (him/her) placed into the custody of a (sheriff[,]/
[or] marshal[,]/ [or other] (police agency/peace officer));]
[1. The defendant was lawfully arrested by a peace officer and the
defendant knew, or reasonably should have known, that (he/she)
had been arrested;]
2. The defendant (escaped/ [or] attempted to escape) from the
custody of the (sheriff[,]/ marshal[,]/ [or other] (police agency/
Escape means the unlawful departure from the physical limits of
[A sworn member of <insert name of agency that employs
peace offıcer>, authorized by <insert appropriate section
from Pen. Code, § 830 et seq.> to <describe statutory
authority>, is a peace officer.]
New January 2006
The court has a sua sponte duty to give this instruction deﬁning the elements of
If the defendant is charged with a felony for use of force or violence, give
CALCRIM No. 2763, Escape After Remand or Arrest: Force or Violence with this
If the defendant is charged with attempt, give CALCRIM No. 460, Attempt Other
Than Attempted Murder. (People v. Gallegos (1974) 39 Cal.App.3d 512, 517 [114
If lawfulness of the arrest is an issue, give the appropriate paragraphs from
CALCRIM No. 2670, Lawful Performance: Peace Offıcer.
The jury must determine whether the person who arrested the defendant is a peace
officer. (People v. Brown (1988) 46 Cal.3d 432, 444–445 [250 Cal.Rptr. 604, 758
P.2d 1135].) The court may instruct the jury on the appropriate deﬁnition of “peace
officer” from the statute (e.g., “a Garden Grove Regular Police Officer and a
Garden Grove Reserve Police Officer are peace officers”). (Ibid.) However, the
court may not instruct the jury that the person was a peace officer as a matter of
law (e.g., “Officer Reed was a peace officer”). (Ibid.)
If there is sufficient evidence of necessity, the court has a sua sponte duty to give
CALCRIM No. 2764, Escape: Necessity Defense. (People v. Condley (1977) 69
Cal.App.3d 999, 1008–1013 [138 Cal.Rptr. 515]; People v. Lovercamp (1974) 43
Cal.App.3d 823, 831–832 [118 Cal.Rptr. 110].)
• Elements. Pen. Code, § 836.6
•Speciﬁc Intent Not an Element of Completed Escape. People v. George (1980)
109 Cal.App.3d 814, 819 [167 Cal.Rptr. 603].
• Attempt to Escape—Must Instruct on Direct Act and Speciﬁc Intent. People v.
Gallegos (1974) 39 Cal.App.3d 512, 517 [114 Cal.Rptr. 166].
• Escape Deﬁned. People v. Lavaie (1999) 70 Cal.App.4th 456, 459–461 [82
2 Witkin & Epstein, California Criminal Law (3d ed. 2000) Crimes Against
Governmental Authority, § 97.
1 Millman, Sevilla & Tarlow, California Criminal Defense Practice, Ch. 11, Arrest,
§§ 11.02, 11.06 (Matthew Bender).
3 Millman, Sevilla & Tarlow, California Criminal Defense Practice, Ch. 73,
Defenses and Justiﬁcations, § 73.05 (Matthew Bender).
LESSER INCLUDED OFFENSES
Escape after remand or arrest is a misdemeanor unless the defendant used force or
violence and caused serious bodily injury to a peace officer. (Pen. Code,
§ 836.6(c).) If the defendant is charged with the felony, then the misdemeanor is a
lesser included offense. (See People v. Gallegos (1974) 39 Cal.App.3d 512,
518–519 [114 Cal.Rptr. 166].) The court must provide the jury with a verdict form
on which the jury will indicate if the additional elements have or have not been
proved. If the jury ﬁnds that these elements have not been proved, then the offense
should be set at a misdemeanor.
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