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Sentence below statutory minimum is voidable (access required)

A sentence imposed below the statutorily required minimum is voidable, not void ab initio, under existing precedent. The existing precedent was not overruled by either Rawls v. Commonwealth, 278 Va. 213 (2009), or Grafmuller v. Commonwealth, 290 Va. 525 (2015). Both cases dealt with sentences that exceeded a statutory maximum. We now clarify that regardless of ...