False information and hoax criminal activities; penalty. (HB2056)

Introduced By

Del. David Yancey (R-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


False information and hoax criminal activities; penalty. Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person to knowingly engage in conduct with the intent to convey false or misleading information under circumstances where such information may reasonably be believed and where such information indicates that an activity has taken, is taking, or will take place that would constitute a felony violation of Chapter 4 (§ 18.2-30 et seq.) (Crimes Against the Person) or Chapter 5 (§ 18.2-77 et seq.) (Crimes Against Property) of Title 18.2. The bill raises the penalty to a Class 4 felony if such conduct results in death or serious bodily injury to another person. A violation of this bill constitutes a separate and distinct offense. The bill does not apply to any person permitted, licensed, or otherwise authorized to produce or create artistic or cinematic productions while engaged in the performance of his duties. Read the Bill »


01/07/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Courts of Justice Committee


01/07/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101413D
01/07/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/08/2019Impact statement from VCSC (HB2056)

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