Misdemeanors Lawyer in Fairfax
Virginia Misdemeanor Classifications 1, 2, 3,& 4
In Virginia, criminal offenses could be classified as felonies or misdemeanors, with the latter being considered the less serious. However, even though misdemeanors aren’t as “severe” as felonies, the prosecution will work hard to land a conviction. Because being found guilty can have profound ramifications on your life, going about this process alone or with an incompetent lawyer could have far-reaching consequences. If you’re facing a misdemeanor charge, seek legal representation immediately.
Misdemeanor convictions can result in a variety of criminal penalties. The punishment largely depends on the class of misdemeanor. Other factors, such as prior convictions and the details of the case can also influence the penalties for a misdemeanor conviction.
Virginia misdemeanor classes include:
- Class 1: The most serious misdemeanors, such as shoplifting, DUI, petit larceny, and reckless driving, which carry potential punishments of up to 1 year in jail and/or a $2,500 fine
- Class 2: Criminal offenses include driving without a valid driver’s license and possession of a schedule IV drug, and carry penalties of up to 6 months in jail and/or fines of up to $1,000
- Class 3: An example of a class 3 misdemeanor is unintentional property damage, and may result in up to a $500 fine
- Class 4: Offenses in this class include public intoxication and are punishable by a fine of up to $250
- There is also a fifth category, known as unclassified, for offenses that don’t fit any of the other classes.
While misdemeanors are less serious and the punishments are far less severe than those of felonies, a criminal conviction will still result in a record. The best way to minimize the impact on your life is to hire a knowledgeable and experienced defense attorney to help you navigate the legal system and ensure that your rights are protected.
Call (703) 940-0001 today to talk about your case with our criminal defense lawyer. We also represent clientsin Arlington, Prince William, Loudoun, and Alexandria.
Other Misdemeanor Penalties in Virginia
A misdemeanor conviction will result in a permanent criminal record, even if the offense is minor. This can have far-reaching consequences on your life beyond a fine or time in jail. Criminal convictions are public records, which can be accessed by colleges and graduate schools, employers, licensing agencies, and any other agency that conducts a criminal background check.
The impact on a person’s career, current employment, and future job prospects is among the most difficult and challenging aspects of a misdemeanor conviction. If your employer learns of the criminal record, the individual could be fired or denied employment. Certain jobs, such as those requiring driving, working with children or the elderly, or maintaining a professional license, may be closed to individuals with criminal records, even for a misdemeanor conviction.
The Law Office of Ann Thayer, PLLC Misdemeanor Legal Counsel
Our Fairfax misdemeanors lawyer will take the time to get to know your case, explain your legal options, and the possible outcomes. We will provide the information you need to make informed decisions about your case. Backed by extensive legal experience, we know what it takes to build effective legal strategies, and we will take the time to examine every detail of your circumstances to mount a compelling defense on your behalf.