How Does All This Happen?

The Code of Virginia allows for a law enforcement officer to take a person into custody on an officer-initiated (also referred to as "paperless") Emergency Custody Order. This exists for situations where a clear and present danger exists that requires a person to be taken into custody and receive treatment immediately - in the event of an attempted suicide, for example.

If you have a friend, acquaintance, or family member who is exhibiting the symptoms described above (a danger to themselves, a danger to others, or incapable of caring for themselves due to mental illness and unwilling/unable to voluntarily receive treatment), you can obtain an Emergency Custody Order for them from the magistrate - see the section on Accessing the Magistrate on our website for more information.

If you have any questions at all about whether an Emergency Custody Order would be appropriate in a specific situation, please don't hesitate to call our Office at 540-645-4128 to speak to a Deputy on duty.

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