CA 372. Defendant’s Flight

CA 372. Defendant’s Flight

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California Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM 2017)

372. Defendant’s Flight

If the defendant fled [or tried to flee] (immediately after the crime was committed/ [or] after (he/she) was accused of committing the crime), that conduct may show that (he/she) was aware of (his/her) guilt. If you conclude that the defendant fled [or tried to flee], it is up to you to decide the meaning and importance of that conduct. However, evidence that the defendant fled [or tried to flee] cannot prove guilt by itself.

New January 2006