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Title: Commonwealth Attorney's Drug Prosecution Manual
Corporate Author: Virginia Commonwealth Attorney
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 272
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Virginia Commonwealth Attorney

Virginia Dept of Criminal Justice Services
Richmond, VA 23219
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
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Document: PDF
Type: Training (Handbook/Manual)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This manual, designed for Virginia regional drug prosecutors as well as prosecutors who only occasionally try drug-related cases, grew out of a 4-year experience on the part of the Virginia Commonwealth Attorney's Office with the Multijurisdictional Regional Drug Prosecution Program.
Abstract: Elements which are crucial to the development of a multijurisdictional program include local cooperation, the use of an investigative vehicle through which criminal elements can be targeted for prosecution, and the supervisory oversight performed by the host State's Attorney's Office. The manual includes two model agreements, one for the creation of a multijurisdictional regional drug prosecutor and the other for the creation of a regional task force. Virginia statutory drug prohibitions are discussed, while other chapters cover burdens of proof, search and seizure, arrest, extrajudicial confessions, conspiracy, confidential informants, and immunity doctrines. Other topics dealt with here include the use of the grand jury system in drug investigations, expert testimony in crack cocaine cases, prosecutorial handling of certificates of analysis and use of experts, prosecution of drug cases in Federal court, and asset forfeitures.
Main Term(s): Drug Related Crime; Prosecution model
Index Term(s): Regionalization; Virginia
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