Misdemeanors

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Misdemeanors are the least serious of all Virginia crimes and cover a broad spectrum of unlawful actions. While these offenses have the most lenient penalties, a misdemeanor conviction can lead to fines, jail time, and probation. A conviction will also result in a permanent criminal record because Virginia does not have any type of expungement laws.

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A misdemeanor conviction can impact your freedom, your finances, and your future job prospects or other opportunities. Fighting such a charge is urgent; you should not hesitate to bring a reliable criminal defense lawyer onboard. At A. R. Pike Law Firm, we know the value of a strong and aggressive defense and the difference it can make in case results. As a former Air Force criminal lawyer, our Lynchburg misdemeanor defense lawyer has solid experience in standing up for the rights of the accused and building hard-hitting legal strategies.

What are Misdemeanors in Virginia?

Under Virginia code, misdemeanors fall into four classes. Misdemeanors that do not fall into any of the pre-existing classes exist as well, known as unclassified misdemeanors. Penalties vary according to the type of offense but, as a misdemeanor, potential jail time will never exceed one year.

Virginia misdemeanors are categorized as:

  • Class 1, punishable by up to one year in jail and/or fine of up to $2,500
  • Class 2, punishable by up to six months in jail and/or fine of up to $1,000
  • Class 3, punishable with a fine of up to $500
  • Class 4, punishable with a fine of up to $250

Examples of a Class 1 misdemeanor include domestic violence, DWI, assault, petty larceny, and carrying a gun without a permit. Class 2 misdemeanors include driving without a license, reckless driving, and possession of a Schedule IV drug. Class 3 misdemeanors include possession of Schedule V drug and property damage. Class 4 misdemeanors include being drunk in public and possession of a Schedule VI drug.

Do Misdemeanors Go Away in Virginia?

Misdemeanors will usually stay on your record for the rest of your life. The only way to get them removed from your record is to have them sealed, or "expunged." Once you have them sealed or expunged, they will not show up on your background check when you apply for jobs, so your future employer will not hold that back against you. The only way to still have them seen even after an expungement, is when law enforcement agencies check your background because they have their own special records that will show your criminal past even if you have them expunged or sealed.

Let Us Protect Your Legal Rights

Our Lynchburg misdemeanor defense attorney stands ready to help you avoid the negative consequences of a criminal conviction. We know how vital it is to have the support and guidance of a legal advocate who cares about you and your future at this time. The sooner your case is reviewed and investigated, the better your chances will be for a favorable result.

Take the first step by calling A. R. Pike Law Firm at (434) 264-5444 today.

Meet Your attorney

Attorney Aaron R. Pike has helped his clients to organize their legal strategies and build effective defenses by taking the time to understand their cases and help them tell their side of the story. Since his service in the USAF, Mr. Pike has devoted his legal practice to helping people with a variety of legal matters.