Criminal Jury Instructions for the District of Columbia
Fifth Edition (2014)
II. FINAL INSTRUCTIONS
Instruction 2.301. FLIGHT OR CONCEALMENT BY DEFENDANT
You have heard evidence that [name of defendant] fled or hid [after the [name the event]] [after being accused of a crime] [from the police]. It is up to you to decide whether s/he fled or hid. If you find s/he did so, you may consider his/her fleeing or hiding as tending to show feelings of guilt, which you may, in turn, consider as tending to show actual guilt. On the other hand, you may also consider that [name of defendant] may have had reasons to flee or hide that are fully consistent with innocence in this case.
If you find [name of defendant] fled or hid, you should consider such evidence along with all the other evidence in the case, and give it as much weight as you think it deserves.