Court of Appeals of Virginia

Lambert v. Commonwealth (P)

Trial evidence supported the jury’s conclusion that the defendant-appellant had driven his vehicle under the influence of self-administered drugs. Evidence established that the appellant had methadone, alprazolam, and nordiazepam in his blood at the time it was drawn. He admitted… Read More ›

Mendez v. Commonwealth (U)

Under Code § 18.2-460(C), the felony obstruction-of-justice statute, a threat that constitutes attempted obstruction must have a direct relationship to an enumerated felony. The General Assembly has determined that threatening certain public officials as they attempt to perform their official duties is… Read More ›

Massey v. Commonwealth (U)

The defendant’s probation officer impermissibly imposed a probation condition that contradicted an express term of probation the circuit court had imposed earlier. In that order, the circuit court expressly allowed the defendant to have contact with children under the supervision… Read More ›

Amonett v. Commonwealth (P)

Neither precedent nor the record supports the appellant’s proposition that police officers’ promises of leniency constitute a binding immunity agreement requiring dismissal of his indictment or rendering his incriminating statements involuntary or otherwise subject to suppression. Because the appellant didn’t… Read More ›

Carlson v. Commonwealth (P)

The trial court erred in not suppressing evidence obtained in an unlawful search of the defendant’s residence. Therefore, his convictions for manufacturing marijuana and misdemeanor obstruction of justice must be reversed. The government lacked an independent source for evidence obtained… Read More ›

Arrate v. Commonwealth (U)

The defendant’s conviction for credit-card forgery must be reversed, because the indictment failed to allege the conduct for which he was convicted. The indictment charged the defendant with credit-card forgery by “falsely mak[ing] or falsely emboss[ing] a purported credit card, in… Read More ›