CRIMINAL OFFENSES IN VIRGINIA
When charged with one or more criminal offenses, defendants can benefit from the effective criminal defense representation that is his or her right under the law. Whether you are facing a misdemeanor reckless driving charge or a violent felony charge, a Virginia criminal lawyer can provide wise legal counsel to answer your questions and help you make informed decisions during the criminal justice process.
UNDERSTANDING CRIMINAL CHARGES
The broadest division between criminal offenses is the classification of a crime as a misdemeanor or felony. Typically, misdemeanors are crimes punishable by a maximum of one year in jail, whereas felonies are punishable by a year or more in prison. However, even within these two distinctions, Virginia further categorizes the crimes by the severity of each offense.
Virginia misdemeanors are divided into four classes, with Class 4 misdemeanors being the least serious offenses and Class 1 misdemeanors carrying the harshest penalties.
Common misdemeanor offenses include DWI, reckless driving, assault, shoplifting or other minor theft crimes, marijuana possession, public intoxication, and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. Depending on the classification of the misdemeanor, penalties range from a fine of $250 to a maximum of one year in jail and a $2,500 fine making it important to contact a Virginia criminal lawyer.
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The Virginia criminal lawyers at our firm are committed to providing aggressive, skillful defense representation to help protect your rights and work to achieve the best possible outcome under your personal circumstances.
The Virginia criminal defense attorneys with our firm are experienced in a wide range of practice areas, including but not limited to those below:
Matthew Crowley was born in Alexandria and raised in Fairfax, Virginia. He received his bachelor of science in Political Science from the University of Utah in 2000 and his Juris doctorate from American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington D.C. in 2003, where he excelled in its nationally recognized clinical program in his third year. Apart from his years in undergraduate school, Mr. Crowley has lived in the Northern Virginia area his entire life. He was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 2003 and has practiced all over Northern Virginia, as well as the Piedmont region of Virginia. Continue Reading