Right to counsel; target of investigation, accused appearing without counsel. (HB1292)

Introduced By

Del. Angelia Williams Graves (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Right to counsel; target of investigation. Provides that whenever a person is informed in writing by the attorney for the Commonwealth, the Attorney General, or counsel or special counsel for a multi-jurisdiction grand jury or special grand jury that he is the target of a criminal investigation for a criminal offense, the penalty for which may be confinement in the state correctional facility or jail, including charges for revocation of suspension of imposition or execution of sentence or probation, that target may present the written target letter to the clerk of the circuit court to set a hearing for the circuit court to inform him of his right to counsel and provide the target a reasonably opportunity to employ counsel, or if appropriate, execute a statement of indigence. The bill provides that the target letter, statement of indigence, other documents, and proceedings shall be sealed until such time as the target is charged with a criminal offense related to the target letter or until good cause is shown that they be unsealed. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/20/2022Presented and ordered printed 22104358D
01/20/2022Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/25/2022Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/26/2022Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (5-Y 3-N)
02/15/2022Left in Courts of Justice

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