Bill Text: VA HB2032 | 2019 | Regular Session | Prefiled


Bill Title: Assault and battery against a family or household member; enhanced penalty, effective date.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-05 - Left in Courts of Justice [HB2032 Detail]

Download: Virginia-2019-HB2032-Prefiled.html
19100991D
HOUSE BILL NO. 2032
Offered January 9, 2019
Prefiled January 7, 2019
A BILL to amend and reenact §18.2-57.2 of the Code of Virginia, relating to assault and battery against a family or household member; enhanced penalty.
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Patron-- Murphy
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Committee Referral Pending
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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That §18.2-57.2 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§18.2-57.2. Assault and battery against a family or household member; penalty.

A. Any person who commits an assault and battery against a family or household member is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

B. Upon a conviction for assault and battery against a family or household member, where it is alleged in the warrant, petition, information, or indictment on which a person is convicted, that such person has been previously convicted of two offenses an offense against a family or household member of (i) assault and battery against a family or household member in violation of this section, (ii) malicious wounding or unlawful wounding in violation of §18.2-51, (iii) aggravated malicious wounding in violation of §18.2-51.2, (iv) malicious bodily injury by means of a substance in violation of §18.2-52, (v) strangulation in violation of §18.2-51.6, or (vi) an offense under the law of any other jurisdiction which has the same elements of any of the above offenses, in any combination, all of which occurred within a period of 20 years, and each of which occurred on a different date, such person is guilty of a Class 6 felony.

C. Whenever a warrant for a violation of this section is issued, the magistrate shall issue an emergency protective order as authorized by §16.1-253.4, except if the defendant is a minor, an emergency protective order shall not be required.

D. The definition of "family or household member" in §16.1-228 applies to this section.

2. That the provisions of this act shall become effective on July 1, 2020.

3. That the provisions of this act may result in a net increase in periods of imprisonment or commitment. Pursuant to §30-19.1:4 of the Code of Virginia, the estimated amount of the necessary appropriation is $14,348,346 for periods of imprisonment in state adult correctional facilities and cannot be determined for periods of commitment to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.

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