Law-enforcement officer; penalty for failure to identify oneself when requested. (HB435)

Introduced By

Del. Jackson Miller (R-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Failure to identify oneself to a law-enforcement officer; penalty. Provides that any person who while in a public place or a place open to the public refuses to identify himself at the request of a law-enforcement officer in uniform or a properly identified police officer, when the surrounding circumstances reasonably require that public safety requires such identification, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/04/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 080311640
01/04/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB435)
02/12/2008Left in Courts of Justice


Randy Royer writes:

Great idea, lets shred the entire Constitution while we are at it. This bill is simply a way for Law enforcement to get around not having Reasonable articulable Suspicion to detain a person. Prince William County police (and departments throughout Virginia)don't need anymore ways to harass citizens. Let's stick with the Constitutional intent as interpreted by several landmark Supreme court rulings, and keep Reasonable Articulable Suspicion.

Marvin Marin writes:

This is a horrible law that allows police to intimidate citizens. If an offense requires arrest, wouldn't the General Assembly reclass the offense as a felony? The law works as it is, don't change it and don't allow 435 to pass.