August 27, 2020

VA Senate Passes A Bill That Could Downgrade An Assault On Law Enforcement To A Misdemeanor

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The Virginia State Senate passed a bill Wednesday that could remove mandatory jail sentences for individuals who assault law enforcement officers, according to local reports. Instead, the crime would be deemed a misdemeanor, if the bill is passed.

“Eliminates the mandatory minimum term of confinement for an assault and battery committed against a judge; magistrate; law-enforcement officer; correctional officer; person directly involved in the care, treatment, or supervision of inmates; firefighter; or volunteer firefighter or any emergency medical services personnel and provides that such crime can no longer be committed as a simple assault and must result in a bodily injury,” the bill’s summary states.

The bill passed the State Senate in a 21-15 vote.

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