TITLE 12
Criminal Procedure

CHAPTER 12-7
Arrest

SECTION 12-7-11


§ 12-7-11 Summons.

(a) In any case in which a peace officer has reasonable grounds to believe that a person has committed or is committing a misdemeanor, he or she may issue a summons to the person substantially in the following form:

(Summons)

STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS

To . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..

You are hereby summoned to appear before a judge of the District Court for the......................... Division, located at...............

in the (City)(Town) of................., in the State of Rhode Island, on the....... day of................., 20..... at........ o'clock........m., to answer to a complaint charging you with the crime of........ in violation of [statute, ordinance, etc.]

If you fail to appear and answer, a warrant will issue for your arrest.

Dated at........ the........ day of................. 20......

Title . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(b) Willful failure to appear in answer to this summons may be punished by a fine of not over fifty dollars ($50.00) or imprisonment for not over fifteen (15) days.

History of Section.
(G.L. 1938, ch. 625, § 68; P.L. 1941, ch. 982, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 12-7-11; P.L. 1972, ch. 169, § 16; P.L. 1977, ch. 66, § 1.)