ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA

City of Alexandria Circuit Court trial under Va Law 18.2-57 for Felony Assault and Battery on an Alexandria police officer resulted in a NOT GUILTY verdict.

The client was facing a mandatory minimum penalty of 6 months in jail if convicted, with a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison if found guilty. Instead of having to serve a jail sentence, the client walked out of the courthouse a free man alongside his attorney, Marina Medvin. Learn more about Alexandria criminal defense attorney Marina Medvin.

The client was initially facing a total of 12 years of prison time. He was cleared on all charges. A related second felony charge under Va Law 18.2-57 for Felony Assault and Battery on an Alexandria police officer was dropped at the preliminary hearing in the City of Alexandria General District Court, along with three related misdemeanor charges, two for Disorderly Conduct and a single charge of Public Intoxication.


§ 18.2-57. Assault and battery; penalty.

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 as defined in subsection F, a correctional officer as defined in § 53.1-1, a person directly involved in the care, treatment, or supervision of inmates in the custody of the Department of Corrections or an employee of a local or regional correctional facility directly involved in the care, treatment, or supervision of inmates in the custody of the facility, a person directly involved in the care, treatment, or supervision of persons in the custody of or under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice, an employee or other individual who provides control, care, or treatment of sexually violent predators committed to the custody of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, a firefighter as defined in § 65.2-102, or a volunteer firefighter or any emergency medical services personnel member who is employed by or is a volunteer of an emergency medical services agency or as a member of a bona fide volunteer fire department or volunteer emergency medical services agency, regardless of whether a resolution has been adopted by the governing body of a political subdivision recognizing such firefighters or emergency medical services personnel as employees, 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.


Learn more about Virginia Laws, Penalties and Defenses for Assault and Battery 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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