Norton, VA asked in Criminal Law for Virginia

Q: Can I go to jail if I have Rheumatoid arthritis

I have severe Rheumatoid arthritis which also means I have no immune system. I require the assistance of a walker to walk and require a lot of medical attention.

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David G. Parker
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A: Health conditions can be a factor in sentencing, but are not guaranteed to result in a sentence without incarceration. Gathering supporting documentation which details your diagnosis, hardships, medication(s) required, etc. would be a good idea, as that is something the judge could consider at sentencing. If you have a relative or home healthcare nurse who regularly assists you, they are potential witnesses for presenting testimony at sentencing. Alternatives to traditional jail time include electronic home incarceration or even an entirely suspended jail sentence.

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