HB371: Law-enforcement officer, etc.; persons using abusive language towards guilty of misdemeanor.

Offered January 11, 2006
Prefiled January 6, 2006
A BILL to amend and reenact § 18.2-416 of the Code of Virginia, relating to punishment for using abusive language to another.

Patrons-- Carrico, Athey, Callahan, Crockett-Stark, Landes, Lingamfelter, Nixon, Rust, Saxman, Scott, E.T., Suit, Welch, Wittman and Wright

Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1.  That § 18.2-416 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§ 18.2-416. Punishment for using abusive language to another.

If any person shallAny person who, in the presence or hearing of another, curse or abuse curses or abuses such other person, including a law-enforcement officer, firefighter, or emergency medical personnel, or use uses any violent abusive language to such person concerning himself or any of his relations, or otherwise use uses such language, under circumstances reasonably calculated to provoke a breach of the peace, he shall be is guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor.