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TOP TWENTY Virginia CrimLaw. HB-326 / § 18.2-386.2 Unlawful dissemination or sale of images of another intent to coerce, harass, or intimidate maliciously.

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1 TOP TWENTY Virginia CrimLaw

2 HB-326 / § Unlawful dissemination or sale of images of another intent to coerce, harass, or intimidate maliciously disseminates or sells created by any means whatsoever knows or has reason to know that he is not licensed or authorized Class 1 Misdemeanor

3 Sarafin v. Commonwealth, OCT13, VaApp No Contrary to appellant's assertions, the Supreme Court did not add the requirement that a vehicle be on a public roadway to the elements of the offense in Code § in Enriquez. Rather, the references to being "on a public roadway" and Code § were merely dictum as the issue in Enriquez was "the proper considerations in determining whether a person is operating a motor vehicle. In Tension With: Enriquez v. Commonwealth, 283 Va 511 (2012) We establish the rule that when an intoxicated person is seated behind the steering wheel of a motor vehicle on a public highway and the key is in the ignition switch, he is in actual physical control of the vehicle and, therefore, is guilty of operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol within the meaning of Code §

4 Snowden v. Commonwealth, OCT13, VaApp No A document is certified by the court where it is preserved, not where it originated

5 Prieto v. Warden Sussex I, SEP13, VaSC No Juror From Another State "He shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of his vicinage" Va. Const Art I Sec. 8 The seating of a juror not residing in Virginia is not a structural error. Once an out of state juror is sworn, a claim of disqualification can only be brought with leave of the court after showing disability such as to probably cause injustice in a criminal case to the Commonwealth or to the accused.

6 Henry v. Commonwealth, FEB14, VaApp No : Forging a Public Record The Commonwealth is required to prove conduct with respect to the document that alters the genuineness and authenticity of those documents False Identity Information : Perjury Applying for Court Appointed Attorney (B)(2) "Real estate owned by the accused shall be considered in terms of the amounts which could be raised by a loan on the property Personal Property "convertible into cash within a reasonable period of time"

7 Linnon v. Commonwealth, JAN14, VaSC No Objection by Co-Defendant “Although we have never before considered whether an objection raised by one party may be attributed to another party who does not expressly join it... We adopt the general... and hold that one party may not rely on the objection of another party to preserve an argument for appeal without expressly joining in the objection.”

8 Grimes v. Commonwealth, OCT13, VaApp No Value of Stolen Pipes Replacement value of copper pipes cut out of a house does not establish actual or fair market value of the pipe Does not tell us how to determine the value

9 Carew v. Commonwealth, NOV13, VaApp No § – Notice of Suspension W hen the predicate for invalidity under Code § is a suspended license, the Commonwealth must prove the defendant received notice of the suspension

10 Bonner v. Commonwealth, JUL13, VaApp en banc No – Venue / Altering Serial Number Altering the serial number of a firearm is a discrete offense. Venue is at the place where the alteration was done.

11 D’Amico v. Commonwealth, FEB14, VaSC No – Refusal / Breath Certificate The refusal form is not an element of the offense Failure to properly execute a refusal form is not dispositive of guilt or innocence

12 Case v. Commonwealth, FEB14, VaApp No – No Intent Required “As long as the Commonwealth proves beyond a reasonable doubt that an intoxicated individual 'operated' his vehicle, regardless of intent, he is guilty of driving while under the influence.”

13 Murry v. Commonwealth, JUN13, VaApp No Lifetime 4 th Amendment Revocation Pattern of concealed sexual abuse of a minor

14 Papol v. Commonwealth, MAR14, VaApp No § :1 – Multiple Possessions Child Porn Second or Subsequent Violation - NOT CONVICTION Whether the pictures arrive at the same or different times is not relevant

15 Saunders v. Commonwealth, FEB14, VaApp No Which Precedent Binds McDonald v. Moose, 710 F.3d 154 (4th Cir. 2013). § (A) – Anti- Sodomy Law Unconstitutional The 4 th Circuit opinion is not binding while the Virginia Supreme Court opinion is. Therefore, the statute is constitutional, particularly as it applies to minors and adults.

16 § (A)- Contemporaneous Objection Commonwealth v. Amos, FEB14, VaSC No –Held in Contempt / Not Allowed Maxwell v. Commonwealth, FEB14, VaSC No –Gone to Lunch Rowe v. Commonwealth, FEB14, VaSC No –Judge Delay / Motion

17 Allen v. Commonwealth, JAN14, VaSC No Corpus Delicti Rule / Sex Offenses Against Minors “Slight corroboration of the confession is required” Establishing opportunity does not provide corroboration

18 Alleyne v. US, JUN13, USSC No. 11–9335 “The core crime and the fact triggering the mandatory minimum sentence together constitute a new, aggravated crime, each element of which must be submitted to the jury.” Overrules Harris v. United States, 536 U. S. 545 (2002)

19 Starrs v. Commonwealth, JAN14, VaSC No The circuit court, upon accepting and entering a guilty plea in a written order, still retains the inherent authority to withhold a finding of guilt, to defer the disposition, and to consider an outcome other than a felony conviction.


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