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Virginia Sex Crime Richmond Lawyers Convicted Rape Malicious Wounding

Virginia Sex Crime Richmond Lawyers Convicted Rape Malicious Wounding

Jani v Commonwealth

Facts:

The defendant pled guilty to charges and was convicted of rape and malicious wounding and was sentenced to prison and was requested to register with local law enforcement officers as a sex offender. The defendant appealed. The court held that the sex offender registration requirement did not violate the constitutional prohibitions against ex post facto clause, which prevented the application of laws that punished crimes committed before the enactment.

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Virginia Sex Crime Richmond Lawyers Convicted Rape Malicious Wounding

Virginia Sex Crime Richmond Lawyers

Holdings:

The Virginia Court made the following holding:
  • The United States Constitution, art. I, § 10, and Va. Const. art. I, § 9, prohibit the commonwealth from enacting ex post facto laws. These constitutional prohibitions on ex post facto laws apply only to statutes that impose penalties, or where a challenged change in the law alters a definition of criminal conduct.
  • A statute that imposes a disability for the purposes of punishment, that is, to reprimand the wrongdoer, to deter others, etc., is considered penal. But a statute is considered non-penal if it imposes a disability, not to punish, but to accomplish some other legitimate governmental purpose. Any statute decreeing some adversity as a consequence of certain conduct may have both a penal and a non-penal effect.

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Article written by A Sris
Disclaimer:

These summaries are provided by the SRIS Law Group. They represent the firm’s unofficial views of the Justices’ opinions. The original opinions should be consulted for their authoritative content.

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