There can be no question that certain types of crimes are more serious than others, which is why there is a classification system for various criminal charges under US and state law. The Code of Virginia employs the distinction that may be familiar to you, which categorizes offenses as felonies or misdemeanors. Severe and violent crimes are designated as felonies, punishable by a year or more in prison. Though misdemeanors are lower on the scale, penalties can still include long jail sentences and fines.
If you were recently arrested, retaining skilled legal representation is critical. There may be defenses or other strategies to fight the charges, and you can count on Hampton Injury Law PLC to leverage all possible opportunities. Please contact the firm right away to schedule a case evaluation. A Virginia felonies and misdemeanors attorney can provide personalized details, and an overview is useful.
Within the category of felonies, there are six classes, numbered in accordance with their severity. Each offense spells out a range of punishments, so a judge can issue any sentence within these parameters.
Misdemeanor charges are also numbered, creating a system of four categories. Class 3 and 4 misdemeanors involve minor charges, so there may be fines but no jail time. A conviction for a Class 2 misdemeanor could mean up to six months of incarceration, and a Class 1 misdemeanor is up to one year.
There are some subtle differences between how criminal procedure rules work with these two classifications, but many of the same concepts apply. You will have your day in court to present defenses or otherwise fight the charges. An experienced defense attorney from Hampton Injury Law PLC can be at your side to help with the following, if relevant to your case:
For additional details on how Hampton Injury Law PLC can assist with your criminal case, please call or send us a message online to set up a case evaluation. After learning more about your situation, an experienced criminal defense attorney can explain additional details about felony and misdemeanor charges.
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