Richmond Misdemeanor Lawyer
A Proven Trial Attorney on Your Side in Virginia
While less serious than felonies, misdemeanor crimes are not taken lightly by the criminal courts in Virginia. A conviction of a misdemeanor can still lead to a jail sentence, a hefty fine, probation, and other consequences depending on the circumstances. A conviction will also result in a permanent criminal record that may affect your future long-term. When facing these ramifications, you need to rely on a criminal defense attorney with a proven track record of results and client dedication.
At Janus & Stone, P.C., our Richmond misdemeanor defense attorney has been successfully defending individuals in the community for 20 years. He is a proven litigator in the criminal courts, is well-respected, and has built relationships with court personnel that can be beneficial to any case. At our firm, you will never be treated like just another case file. We build relationships with our clients whom we understand are individuals likely facing the one of the worst situations in their lives. That is why we are committed to providing outstanding legal representation designed to give you the best chance of a positive result.
Misdemeanor Charges in Virginia
Misdemeanor crimes are classified into four groups with Class 1 being the most serious. The penalties associated with your charge will depend on the classification as set forth by Virginia law.
Misdemeanor crimes and penalties are as follows:
- Class 1. This is the most common type of misdemeanor offense in the state. Examples include reckless driving, DUI, assault, battery, domestic violence crimes, petit larceny, and disorderly conduct. Penalties include up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500. See our DUI page for additional penalties associated with DUI convictions.
- Class 2. Examples of this class include certain drug crimes, such as possession of Class IV drugs, driving without a license, second-offense custody or visitation order violations, and aggressive driving. Aggressive driving can include a variety of actions, such as failing to yield, tailgating, and other traffic offenses. Penalties include up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
- Class 3. These generally only carry fines up to $500. Examples include driving without insurance, possession of Class V drugs, and property damage caused without the intent to steal.
- Class 4. These generally only carry fines of up to $250. Examples include public intoxication, possession of Class VI drugs, and driving with an open container.
Other Consequences of Misdemeanor Convictions
Depending on the offense, you may face other penalties or collateral consequences, as mentioned in DUI above. For example, domestic violence convictions may lead to restraining orders filed against you by the court as well as court-ordered anger management or substance abuse programs or treatment. Drug convictions may also result in substance abuse programs or treatment. Certain traffic offenses, such as reckless driving, can lead to the suspension of your driver’s license.
Furthermore, your misdemeanor conviction will become part of your criminal record which can impact employment and future job prospects. For example, if driving is part of your work duties and you are convicted of a DUI or other traffic misdemeanor, you may face the loss of your job.
Experienced Legal Counsel at Janus & Stone, P.C.
Being charged with a misdemeanor can lead to serious consequences. Upon any misdemeanor arrest, you should seek experienced legal help to understand your rights and ensure that you do not inadvertently harm your case through unguided actions. Our Richmond misdemeanor attorney can provide the advice and counsel you need to increase your chances of a favorable outcome both inside the courtroom and in negotiations with prosecutors. Take advantage of our proven track record by learning more about how we can help today.
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