Felony Assault on Law Enforcement Officer charge for kicking an Alexandria Police Officer multiple times, was AMENDED and REDUCED to a Misdemeanor charge for Obstruction of Justice, with just a two week sentence to be served over the course of a few weekends. (No a first offense …) Related Public Intoxication charge was DROPPED.

Original Felony Assault on Law Enforcement Officer charge carried a mandatory minimum jail penalty of 6 months in jail, with a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison.

§ 18.2-57. Assault and battery; penalty.
A. Any person who commits a simple assault or assault and battery is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor, and if the person intentionally selects the person against whom a simple assault is committed because of his race, religious conviction, color or national origin, the penalty upon conviction shall include a term of confinement of at least six months, 30 days of which shall be a mandatory minimum term of confinement.

C. In addition, if any person commits an assault or an assault and battery against another knowing or having reason to know that such other person is a judge, a magistrate, a law-enforcement officer … engaged in the performance of his public duties anywhere in the Commonwealth, such person is guilty of a Class 6 felony, and, upon conviction, the sentence of such person shall include a mandatory minimum term of confinement of six months.

Review our article on the Laws, Penalties and Defenses for Assault on Law Enforcement Charges here: Virginia Assault and Battery Laws and Penalties – Defense Attorney’s Explanation of Misdemeanor Charges Under VA Code 18.2-57

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