Traffic Violation Virginia Identity Jury Instruction Lawyers Richmond City
RICHARD V COMMONWEALTH
A driver was proceeding down a street and preparing to make a left-hand turn when he was struck by a car driven by defendant. Defendant, however, proceeded on, but some witnesses took down the license number. After he was convicted, he exercised his statutory right and appealed to the trial court.
The identity of defendant and the driver was a paramount issue before the jury. Defendant appealed from a judgment of the City of Richmond (Virginia), which convicted him for a traffic violation.
- Whether the trial court improperly convicted the defendant for a traffic violation?
The trial court instructed the jury on the principles of law involved in the case. Defendant offered his own identity instruction, which the trial court refused to give. On review, the court found that the refusal did not constitute reversible error because the instructions given by the trial court adequately addressed the matter. The instructions granted by the trial court were proper and adequate instructions, there was no duty by the trial court to grant the request to give the jury another instruction that would have been repetitious and would have overly emphasized the question of identity. The court affirmed the trial court’s judgment.
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