Virginia Petition for Writ of Habeas CorpusVirginia Petition for Writ of Habeas CorpusVirginia Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus
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Petition for Relief From a Conviction or Sentence
By a Person in State Custody
(Petition Under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 for a Writ of Habeas Corpus)
Instructions
1. To use this form, you must be a person who is currently serving a sentence under a judgment
against you in a state court. You are asking for relief from the conviction or the sentence. This
form is your petition for relief.
2. You may also use this form to challenge a state judgment that imposed a sentence to be served in
the future, but you must fill in the name of the state where the judgment was entered. If you
want to challenge a federal judgment that imposed a sentence to be served in the future, you
should file a motion under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 in the federal court that entered the judgment.
3. Make sure the form is typed or neatly written.
4. You must tell the truth and sign the form. If you make a false statement of a material fact, you
may be prosecuted for perjury.
5. Answer all the questions. You may submit additio