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Significant Changes to Virginia’s Sentencing Guidelines
Effective July 1, 2021

CLICK HERE for the official newsletter of the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission

NEW Probation Violation Guidelines

Probation Legislation Summary

Higher Rates of Earned Sentence Credits for Nonviolent Felons

Sentencing Guidelines Case Details Worksheet

 

CLICK HERE FOR VIRTUAL TRAINING!

Try our Mobile Site

CLICK here to Register for Seminars on our Mobile website

CLICK here for What's New in the 2020/2021 Guidelines Video

 

What' New Seminars ($30) Approved for 3 CLE and VIDC Re-certification

The focus of the seminar will be on the impact of
recent legislation on Sentencing Guidelines and Virginia’s penalty structures, the incorporation of statutory requirements into the revised Probation Violation Guidelines and instructions on completing the required Case Details Worksheet. This seminar is designed for those familiar with Virginia’s Sentencing Guidelines. Download registration form below and make check payable to Treasurer of Virginia.

ANSWERS TO CASE EXAMPLE EXERCISES FROM SEMINAR

Ron Johnson Case Example

Jane Rye Case Example

Jim Beamer Case Example

 

Understanding Rap Sheets, Automation & SWIFT! ($50) Approved for 3 CLE and VIDC Re-certification

The understanding rap sheets and automation seminar is designed for the attorney or criminal justice professional who prepares or uses Virginia's Sentencing Guidelines. This seminar will review how to interpret and apply convictions on Identity History Summaries "Rap Sheets" to Virginia's Sentencing Guidelines. Participants will also review how to use SWIFT!, the automated sentencing guidelines application and the VCSC mobile manual and web. Download registration form below and make check payable to Treasurer of Virginia.

Introduction to Sentencing Guidelines ($125) Approved for 6 CLE and VIDC Re-certification

Learn to Score Guidelines Accurately Approved for 6 CLE credits The Introduction Seminars are designed for the attorney or criminal justice professional who is new to Virginia's sentencing guidelines. The seminar will begin with general background information on scoring each of the guidelines factors. Participants will be given the opportunity to do hands-on exercises utilizing the assistance of fellow participants and course instructors. Download registration form below and make check payable to Treasurer of Virginia.

Sentencing Guidelines Knowledge & Skills Evaluation (Including Ethics Issues) ($100) Approved for 5 CLE with 1 hour of Ethics and VIDC Re-certification

The evaluation course is designed for the experienced user of Virginia’s Sentencing Guidelines. Attendees will complete a knowledge and skills exercise that will determine the topics covered in this seminar. Attendees will participate in a discussion-oriented workshop addressing common errors and complex scoring issues. Ethics Council with the Virginia State Bar will lead the discussion and answer questions related to ethical responsibilities relating to the Sentencing Guidelines. Download registration form below and make check payable to Treasurer of Virginia.

Download Registration Form

Click here to Register Online on our Mobile website

Fees waived for Commonwealth's Attorneys, Public Defenders, Probation and Parole Staff

On a limited basis and subject to the availability of funds, the Sentencing Commission may waive fees for private attorneys. If you would like to request a fee waiver, you must complete and submit the application below. Applications for fee waivers will be evaluated based on the percentage of the attorney's practice focusing on indigent defense cases and the financial need of the applicant (especially for new or solo practitioners).

Esther J. Windmueller Fee Waiver Application Form

The 23rd Edition Sentencing Guidelines Manual is required for all seminars.

 


Sentencing Guidelines Seminars
Approved for CLE Credit

What's new seminars $30
3 CLE PENDINg

Central VA

Date

Location

Time

Chesterfield June 10 Workforce Alliance FULL or FULL

Northern VA

Date

Location

Time

Fairfax June 22 Fairfax County Government Center 9:00-12:00 or 1:00-4:00
Fairfax June 23 Fairfax County Government Center 9:00-12:00 or 1:00-4:00

Northwestern VA

Date

Location

Time

Winchester June 11 Public Safety Building-Sheriff's Office 9:00-12:00 or 1:00-4:00
Weyers Cave June 24 Blue Ridge Community College 9:00-12:00 or 1:00-4:00
Culpeper June 25 Germanna Community College FULL or FULL

Eastern VA

Date

Location

Time

Williamsburg June 15 James City Law Enforcement Training Center FULL and FULL
Chesapeake June 16 Law Enforcement Training Center FULL and FULL
Chesapeake June 17 Law Enforcement Training Center FULL and FULL

Western VA

Date

Location

Time

Abingdon June 28 SW Va Higher Education Center 9:00-12:00 or 1:00-4:00
The documents listed below are in .pdf and .pdf Fill-In format.
Viewing or printing a .pdf document requires the free Acrobat Reader.

understanding rap sheets, automation & SWIFT! $50
3 CLE Approved VIDC Re-certification approved

Area

Date

Location

Time

       

Sentencing Guidelines Knowledge & Skills Evaluation $100
5 CLE Approved 1 Ethics, VIDC Re-certification approved

Area

Date

Location

Time

       
       

Sentencing Guidelines Manual
Shipping and tax included

  • What's NEw Seminar — $30
  • understanding rap sheets, automation & SWIFT! Seminar — $50
  • Introduction to Sentencing Guidelines Seminar — $125
  • Sentencing Guidelines Knowledge & Skills Evaluation — $100
  • Update from 23rd Edition - $40
  • Update from 22nd edition or earlier— $100
  • Complete manual (binder, tabs, and complete update) — $160

 

Commonwealth Attorneys, Public Defenders and Probation Officers: No Cost

Download the Manual Order Form
(.pdf document, requires Acrobat Reader

The Commission has a Training Division headed by Jody Fridley. He and his staff are available to conduct training seminars at our office in Richmond or on location.

Seminars can cover everything from a basic overview of the sentencing guidelines to specific areas of interest or concern.

Contact the Training Division by phone at 804.225.4567 or by e-mail: jody.fridley@vcsc.virginia.gov

Text your question to the Commission

Text us at 804.393.9588

The Commission is very pleased to announce our new text inquiry service. This development means that you can contact us from anywhere - just text 804.393.9588 and we'll reply as soon as possible. For an immediate answer, always call the hotline at 804.225.4398.

The text inquiry service will be available for the same period as our hotline service 7:45 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. You can send us texts outside of these hours and we will respond as soon as possible. In some cases, it may be the next business day.