Blevins v. Town of Marion, 821542

CourtSupreme Court of Virginia
Citation308 S.E.2d 105,226 Va. 200
Docket NumberNo. 821542,821542
PartiesMichael Ray BLEVINS v. TOWN OF MARION. Record
Decision Date14 October 1983

Page 105

308 S.E.2d 105
226 Va. 200
Michael Ray BLEVINS
Record No. 821542.
Supreme Court of Virginia.
Oct. 14, 1983.

[226 Va. 201] Walter R.C. Stamper, Sugar Grove, for appellant.

No brief or argument for appellee.



In this appeal from a conviction of driving while intoxicated, the sole question before us is whether the trial court gave due consideration to the defendant's motion to admit him to an alcohol rehabilitation program.

Michael Ray Blevins was convicted in the general district court of driving while intoxicated. He appealed to the circuit court, waived jury trial, and was again found guilty in a trial de novo. The court then inquired whether Blevins had any previous convictions of like character. Defense counsel replied, "Prior to 1975, Your Honor, I believe it was 1971." The prosecution waived argument concerning punishment. Defense counsel then stated:

Your Honor, I believe the defendant is a suitable candidate for the VASAP Program. I believe that the program is designed for people such as him. His conviction of DWI one other time was much prior to the time when VASAP was implemented.

The court responded:

Well, gentlemen, I don't find him to be a suitable candidate. I've never put anybody on that came in and entered a plea of not guilty and gone through a trial and then say, "Well now I believe I'd like to have the benefits of this process here." I just found him guilty. I'm going to fix his punishment at a fine of two hundred and fifty dollars and suspend his license for a period of nine months. And so there will be no problem, I'm going to give him thirty days in jail. So, Mr. Blevins, you have anything to say or offer as to why the Court should not sentence you at this time?

[226 Va. 202] The court later suspended execution of the jail sentence, conditioned upon payment of fine and costs. We granted an appeal, limited to the question whether the trial court had given mature consideration to Blevins' motion to be admitted to an alcohol safety action program as required by law.

The relevant statute provides as follows:

(a) Any person convicted of a violation of § 18.2-266, or any ordinance of a county, city or town similar to the provisions thereof, or any second offense thereunder, may, with leave of court or upon court order, enter into an alcohol safety action program, or a driver alcohol...

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  • Taylor v. Com., 0955-89-2
    • United States
    • Virginia Court of Appeals of Virginia
    • April 30, 1991
    ...Code § 18.2-266 (driving while intoxicated) can enter an ASAP program upon the discretion of the court. In Blevins v. Town of Marion, 226 Va. 200, 308 S.E.2d 105 (1983), the Supreme Court [The alcohol rehabilitation statute] requires the court to give good faith consideration to such a moti......

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