Virginia Man Arrested for Drug Crime, Assault & Robbery
Local authorities arrested a 35-year-old man from Sterling, Virginia for a drug crime as well as for robbery and assault, according to an article by the Loudoun Times-Mirror.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office executed this arrest on Sunday, October 18th, at approximately 12 a.m. That is when sheriff’s deputies arrived at the Sterling man’s residence to serve him with an outstanding arrest warrant.
During the process of arresting the Sterling man, sheriff’s deputies also discovered illegal drugs on his person. As a result, the Sterling man faces criminal charges for a drug crime, in addition to the outstanding charges for assault and robbery.
At this juncture, the Sterling man remains in police custody at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center. To get an idea of the potential penalties this man could face, it is necessary to review several Virginia laws.
Virginia Punishment for Drug Possession
Code of Virginia Section 18.2-250 establishes the state punishment for drug possession. Under this section, any person who unlawfully possesses:
- Schedule I/II Drugs — Is guilty of a Class 5 felony and subject to imprisonment for one to 10 years and criminal fines up to $2,500;
- Schedule III Drugs — Is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor and subject to a jail sentence of 12 months and criminal fines up to $2,500;
- Schedule IV Drugs — Is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor and subject to a jail sentence of six months and criminal fines up to $1,000;
- Schedule V Drugs — Is guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor and subject to criminal fines up to $500; or
- Schedule VI Drugs — Is guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor and subject to criminal fines up to $250.
Virginia Punishment for Assault
Code of Virginia Section 18.2-57 provides the state punishment for assault or assault and battery. Under this section, any person who commits assault is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. If convicted, the maximum punishment mirrors the one described above.
That being said, the punishment for assault can become more severe under certain circumstances. If an assault crime involves a law enforcement victim, for example, it can lead to Class 6 felony charges. If convicted, the punishment includes imprisonment for one to five years and criminal fines up to $2,500.
Virginia Punishment for Robbery
Code of Virginia Section 18.2-58 details the state punishment for robbery. Under this section, any person who commits robbery — which must involve force or the threat of force — is guilty of a felony. If convicted, the punishment includes imprisonment for a period of five years to life.
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