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Assault Battery Virginia Laws Simple 18.2-57 Arlington
Assault Battery Virginia Laws Simple 18.2-57 Arlington

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18.2-57. Assault and battery.

A. Any person who commits a simple assault or assault and battery shall be 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.

B. However, if a person intentionally selects the person against whom an assault and battery resulting in bodily injury is committed because of his race, religious conviction, color or national origin, the person shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony, and 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 law-enforcement officer as defined hereinafter, a correctional officer as defined in 53.1-1, a person employed by the Department of Corrections directly involved in the care, treatment or supervision of inmates in the custody of the Department, a firefighter as defined in 65.2-102, or a volunteer firefighter or lifesaving or rescue squad member who is a member of a bona fide volunteer fire department or volunteer rescue or emergency medical squad regardless of whether a resolution has been adopted by the governing body of a political subdivision recognizing such firefighters or members as employees, engaged in the performance of his public duties, 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.
Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to affect the right of any person charged with a violation of this section from asserting and presenting evidence in support of any defenses to the charge that may be available under common law.

D. In addition, if any person commits a battery against another knowing or having reason to know that such other person is a full-time or part-time teacher, principal, assistant principal, or guidance counselor of any public or private elementary or secondary school and is engaged in the performance of his duties as such, he shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor and the sentence of such person upon conviction shall include a sentence of 15 days in jail, two days of which shall be a mandatory minimum term of confinement. However, if the offense is committed by use of a firearm or other weapon prohibited on school property pursuant to 18.2-308.1, the person shall serve a mandatory minimum sentence of confinement of six months.

E. In addition, any person who commits a battery against another knowing or having reason to know that such individual is a health care provider as defined in 8.01-581.1 who is engaged in the performance of his duties as an emergency health care provider in an emergency room of a hospital or clinic or on the premises of any other facility rendering emergency medical care is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The sentence of such person, upon conviction, shall include a term of confinement of 15 days in jail, two days of which shall be a mandatory minimum term of confinement.

F. As used in this section:
“Judge” means any justice or judge of a court of record of the Commonwealth including a judge designated under 17.1-105, a judge under temporary recall under 17.1-106, or a judge pro tempore under 17.1-109, any member of the State Corporation Commission, or of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, and any judge of a district court of the Commonwealth or any substitute judge of such district court.

“Law-enforcement officer” means any full-time or part-time employee of a police department or sheriff’s office that is part of or administered by the Commonwealth or any political subdivision thereof who is responsible for the prevention or detection of crime and the enforcement of the penal, traffic or highway laws of the Commonwealth, any conservation officer of the Department of Conservation and Recreation commissioned pursuant to 10.1-115, any special agent of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, conservation police officers appointed pursuant to 29.1-200, and full-time sworn members of the enforcement division of the Department of Motor Vehicles appointed pursuant to 46.2-217, and such officer also includes jail officers in local and regional correctional facilities, all deputy sheriffs, whether assigned to law-enforcement duties, court services or local jail responsibilities, auxiliary police officers appointed or provided for pursuant to 15.2-1731 and 15.2-1733, auxiliary deputy sheriffs appointed pursuant to 15.2-1603, police officers of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority pursuant to 5.1-158, and fire marshals appointed pursuant to 27-30 when such fire marshals have police powers as set out in 27-34.2 and 27-34.2:1.

“School security officer” means an individual who is employed by the local school board for the purpose of maintaining order and discipline, preventing crime, investigating violations of school board policies and detaining persons violating the law or school board policies on school property, a school bus or at a school-sponsored activity and who is responsible solely for ensuring the safety, security and welfare of all students, faculty and staff in the assigned school.

G. “Simple assault” or “assault and battery” shall not be construed to include the use of, by any teacher, teacher aide, principal, assistant principal, guidance counselor, school security officer, school bus driver or school bus aide, while acting in the course and scope of his official capacity, any of the following:

(i) incidental, minor or reasonable physical contact or other actions designed to maintain order and control;

(ii) reasonable and necessary force to quell a disturbance or remove a student from the scene of a disturbance that threatens physical injury to persons or damage to property;

(iii) reasonable and necessary force to prevent a student from inflicting physical harm on himself;

(iv) reasonable and necessary force for self-defense or the defense of others; or

(v) reasonable and necessary force to obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects or controlled substances or associated paraphernalia that are upon the person of the student or within his control.

In determining whether a person was acting within the exceptions provided in this subsection, due deference shall be given to reasonable judgments that were made by a teacher, teacher aide, principal, assistant principal, guidance counselor, school security officer, school bus driver, or school bus aide at the time of the event.

Statute

Description

Penalty

 Virginia Code 18.2-57(A) 

 

 

Any person who commits a simple assault or assault and battery Shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor,
Any person who commits a simple assault or assault and battery 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 shall include a term of confinement of at least six months, 30 days of which shall be a mandatory minimum term of confinement.
Virginia Code 18.2-57(B) If a person intentionally selects the person against whom an assault and battery resulting in bodily injury is committed because of his race, religious conviction, color or national origin, Guilty of a Class 6 felony, and 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.
Virginia Code 18.2-57(C) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 law-enforcement officer as defined hereinafter,

  1. A correctional officer as defined in  53.1-1,
  2. A person employed by the Department of Corrections directly involved in the care, treatment or supervision of inmates in the custody of the Department,
  3. A firefighter as defined in  65.2-102, or
  4. A volunteer firefighter or lifesaving or
  5. Rescue squad member who is a member of a bona fide volunteer fire department or volunteer rescue or emergency medical squad

Regardless of whether a resolution has been adopted by the governing body of a political subdivision recognizing such firefighters or members as employees, engaged in the performance of his public duties

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.
Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to affect the right of any person charged with a violation of this section from asserting and presenting evidence in support of any defenses to the charge that may be available under common law.
Virginia Code 18.2-57(D) If any person commits a battery against another knowing or having reason to know that such other person is a full-time or part-time teacher, principal, assistant principal, or guidance counselor of any public or private elementary or secondary school and is engaged in the performance of his duties as such Guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor and the sentence of such person upon conviction shall include a sentence of 15 days in jail, two days of which shall be a mandatory minimum term of confinement.
However, if the offense is committed by use of a firearm or other weapon prohibited on school property pursuant to  18.2-308.1. The person shall serve a mandatory minimum sentence of confinement of six months
Virginia Code 18.2-57(E) In addition, any person who commits a battery against another knowing or having reason to know that such individual is a health care provider as defined in  8.01-581.1 who is engaged in the performance of his duties as an emergency health care provider in an emergency room of a hospital or clinic or on the premises of any other facility rendering emergency medical care Guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The sentence of such person, upon conviction, shall include a term of confinement of 15 days in jail, two days of which shall be a mandatory minimum term of confinement.
 Virginia Code 18.2-57(F) 

 

 

 

As used in this section:”Judge” means any justice or judge of a court of record of the Commonwealth including a judge designated under  17.1-105, a judge under temporary recall under  17.1-106, or a judge pro tempore under  17.1-109, any member of the State Corporation Commission, or of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, and any judge of a district court of the Commonwealth or any substitute judge of such district court.
“Law-enforcement officer” means any full-time or part-time employee of a police department or sheriff’s office that is part of or administered by the Commonwealth or any political subdivision thereof who is responsible for the prevention or detection of crime and the enforcement of the penal, traffic or highway laws of the Commonwealth, any conservation officer of the Department of Conservation and Recreation commissioned pursuant to  10.1-115, any special agent of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, conservation police officers appointed pursuant to  29.1-200, and full-time sworn members of the enforcement division of the Department of Motor Vehicles appointed pursuant to  46.2-217, and such officer also includes jail officers in local and regional correctional facilities, all deputy sheriffs, whether assigned to law-enforcement duties, court services or local jail responsibilities, auxiliary police officers appointed or provided for pursuant to  15.2-1731 and 15.2-1733, auxiliary deputy sheriffs appointed pursuant to  15.2-1603, police officers of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority pursuant to  5.1-158, and fire marshals appointed pursuant to  27-30 when such fire marshals have police powers as set out in  27-34.2 and 27-34.2:1.
“School security officer” means an individual who is employed by the local school board for the purpose of maintaining order and discipline, preventing crime, investigating violations of school board policies and detaining persons violating the law or school board policies on school property, a school bus or at a school-sponsored activity and who is responsible solely for ensuring the safety, security and welfare of all students, faculty and staff in the assigned school.
Virginia Code 18.2-57(G) “Simple assault” or “assault and battery” shall not be construed to include the use of, by any teacher, teacher aide, principal, assistant principal, guidance counselor, school security officer, school bus driver or school bus aide, while acting in the course and scope of his official capacity, any of the following:

  • incidental, minor or reasonable physical contact or other actions designed to maintain order and control;
  • reasonable and necessary force to quell a disturbance or remove a student from the scene of a disturbance that threatens physical injury to persons or damage to property;
  • reasonable and necessary force to prevent a student from inflicting physical harm on himself;
  • reasonable and necessary force for self-defense or the defense of others; or
  • reasonable and necessary force to obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects or controlled substances or associated paraphernalia that are upon the person of the student or within his control.

In determining whether a person was acting within the exceptions provided in this subsection, due deference shall be given to reasonable judgments that were made by a teacher, teacher aide, principal, assistant principal, guidance counselor, school security officer, school bus driver, or school bus aide at the time of the event.

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