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Manassas Felony & Misdemeanor Attorney

Crimes exist on a continuum of how severe they compare to each other, but the legal system does its best to classify crimes into different groups. The two broad categories that crimes fall under are felonies and misdemeanors. Felonies are the more egregious crimes compared to misdemeanors, but both have the potential to destroy lives. If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to seek legal advice and protect your rights, contact our Manassas felony & misdemenaor attorneys today.

What are the Punishments for Each Class of Felony in Virginia?

According to Virginia Statute 18.2-10, there are clearly outlined punishments for each class of felony in the state. Class 1 felonies are the most serious and see the harshest punishments while class 6 felonies are one step above a misdemeanor. Charges for each type of felony offense are:

  • Class 1 felony – If the individual is over the age of 18, the conviction will either be sentenced to death or life in prison. The maximum potential fine is $100,000;
  • Class 2 felony – The convicted will face a prison term between 20 years and life. The maximum potential fine is $100,000.
  • Class 3 felony – The convicted will face a prison term between 5 years and 20 years. The maximum potential fine is $100,000.
  • Class 4 felony – The convicted will face a prison term between 2 years and 10 years. The maximum potential fine is $100,000.
  • Class 5 felony – The convicted will face a prison term between 1 year and 10 years. The maximum potential fine is $2,500.
  • Class 6 felony – The convicted will face a prison term between 1 year and 5 years. The maximum potential fine is $2,500.

What are the Punishments for Each Class of Misdemeanor in Virginia?

An article published by Slate explains why misdemeanor crimes, which are supposed to be considered minor, still have a huge impact on those convicted. Even though a person may not be punished with jail time, being convicted of a misdemeanor can still mean hefty fines. Having a misdemeanor on your record can impact your ability to get a job, professional license, child custody, loans, and more. According to Virginia Statute 18.2-11, the following penalties are associated with each class of misdemeanor:

  • Class 1 misdemeanor – The convicted may serve up to 12 months in jail. The maximum potential fine is $2,500.
  • Class 2 misdemeanor – The convicted may serve up to six months in jail. The maximum potential fine is $1,000.
  • Class 3 misdemeanor – The maximum potential fine is $500.
  • Class 4 misdemeanor – The maximum potential fine is $250.

The Manassas Felony & Misdemenaor Attorneys at Simms Showers LLP are Here to Help

Being convicted of a crime can have an enormous impact on your life. You may spend years in jail or be stuck with fines you cannot afford to pay. No matter what offense you have been charged with, the attorneys at Simms Showers LLP have the skill and experience it takes to represent you. Reach out to our Manassas law firm for a free initial consultation today.

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