Controlled substances; exposure, bodily injury to law-enforcement officers, etc., penalty. (HB374)

Introduced By

Del. David Yancey (R-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Exposure to controlled substances; bodily injury to law-enforcement officers, etc.; penalty. Provides that if a law-enforcement officer, firefighter, search and rescue personnel, or emergency medical services personnel is exposed to a controlled substance while engaged in the performance of his official duties and such exposure causes bodily injury, the person who knowingly or intentionally possessed such controlled substance is guilty of a Class 6 felony. This provision also applies to exposure to a controlled substance by a police animal performing its lawful duties or being kept in a kennel, pen, or stable while off duty. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/05/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102005D
01/05/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/08/2018Impact statement from VCSC (HB374)
01/19/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB374)
02/15/2018Left in Courts of Justice


robert legge writes:

So if you deliberately kill an animal (§ 3.2-6570) that's a misdemeanor. But if you accidentally make them even a little sick because of drugs you might possess, then that's a felony. Yea, that will deter drug possession.