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Sentence exceeded authorized punishment (access required)

Where appellant was given a 10-year suspended sentence for possessing substances with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, the sentence is void ab initio because it exceeds the statutory maximum for this crime. In Jones v. Commonwealth, 293 Va. 29 (2017), ...

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Drugs were ‘self-administered’ in vehicular manslaughter case (access required)

Where appellant admitted he had received a methadone treatment before a fatal traffic accident and his blood tested positive for Valium and Xanax, this was sufficient evidence to find the drugs were “self-administered” and to sustain convictions for aggravated involuntary ...

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