Lynchburg Misdemeanor Defense Lawyer
A Trusted Legal Advocate for the Accused
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.
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.
Assault and Battery Charge Dismissed
Assault and Battery against Family Member Case Dismissed
Distribution of a Schedule I Controlled Substance Sentence Reduced
Felony Child Abuse Charge Dismissed
Felony Murder Charge Dismissed
Reckless Driving Not Guilty
Reckless Driving Not Guilty
Strangulation Charge Dismissed
Trespassing Case Dismissed
Aaron's military service has taught him the importance of exceptional preparedness and zealous advocacy in and out of the courtroom.
Thousands of Cases Handled
As an attorney in the USAF, Aaron was praised for his skills and advocacy by some of the nation's most distinguished judges. As a former prosecutor, Todd tried more than 1,000 criminal defense cases, many involving the most serious charges.
At A. R. Pike Law Firm, we believe each client deserves to be listened to, informed and reassured throughout the process.
Todd received numerous awards as a law student and graduated with distinction before trying several-day jury trials as a prosecutor, developing a civil practice, and joining our firm.
Aaron has served as an officer-attorney for the USAF and has handled hundreds of cases on behalf of men and women in uniform.