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Defending Against Misdemeanor Charges in Virginia

Even seemingly minor criminal offenses can quickly derail your life if they lead to misdemeanor charges. A conviction in a misdemeanor case can result in jail time, substantial fines, and other life-altering penalties. In the state of Virginia, criminal convictions also remain on your record indefinitely, imperiling your ability to find a job or a place to live.

If you are charged with any type of misdemeanor offense, you will need someone on your side that will do everything possible to protect you. Our Manassas misdemeanor attorneys at Dischley Law, PLLC have over 30 years of experience advocating for our clients in a wide variety of criminal matters and can leverage our knowledge to aid you in your case.

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Misdemeanor Classes in Virginia

Misdemeanor offenses are categorized under 4 “classes” in the state of Virginia, each with corresponding sentencing guidelines for convictions. The type and severity of the offense will determine under which class you are charged.

What Is the Penalty for a Misdemeanor? 

  • Class 1 misdemeanors carry a maximum prison sentence of 1 year and/or a fine of up to $2,500
  • Class 2 misdemeanors carry a maximum prison sentence of up to 6 months in prison and/or a fine of up to $1,000
  • Class 3 misdemeanors carry a maximum fine of $500
  • Class 4 misdemeanors carry a maximum fine of $250

Why You Should Fight Every Misdemeanor Charge in Virginia

Convictions for Class 3 or Class 4 misdemeanors result in relatively minor penalties. They do not involve the possibility of jail time, and the associated fines are manageable for many. However, you should always explore your legal options when charged with any crime – no matter how insignificant it may seem. Any criminal conviction can jeopardize your ability to maintain employment or access housing. Many Virginia employers and landlords utilize background checks for prospective employees and tenants, and any misdemeanor conviction will likely be flagged. 

Additionally, many Class 3 and Class 4 misdemeanors are associated with traffic violations that can result in a suspended or revoked driver’s license if you accumulate too many “points” on your record. This can be devastating for those who rely on their cars for work or getting around.

How Dischley Law, PLLC Fights for Your Future 

Our team at Dischley Law, PLLC can aggressively fight any Virginia misdemeanor offense, no matter how its scale or complexity. We have an extensive knowledge of the state’s criminal defense statutes and can draw upon our decades of experience to build an effective legal strategy for your case. Our Manassas misdemeanor lawyers understand that your future is at stake and will leave no stone unturned in pursuing the best possible outcome.

Types of Misdemeanor Cases We Handle

  • Drug offenses. Simple possession and some possession with intent to distribution offenses can be charged as misdemeanors depending on the quantity and type of controlled substances involved.
  • DUIs. First-time offenses for driving under the influence will be charged as misdemeanors, but future offenses – or those that result in injury or death – may be prosecuted as felonies.
  • Firearm offenses. Reckless handling of firearms and carrying concealed weapons can both lead to misdemeanor charges.
  • Traffic offenses. In addition to DUIs, instances of reckless driving or operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked license can also trigger misdemeanor charges.
  • Petty theft. Shoplifting and petit larceny offenses involving items valued under $1,000 will generally be prosecuted as misdemeanors.
  • Violent crimes. Depending on the situation, assault and battery and domestic violence cases can lead to misdemeanor charges.

Expungement of Misdemeanor Convictions in Virginia

In Virginia, it is possible to get a misdemeanor expunged from your criminal record. Because the laws regarding expungement can be complex, it is advised that anyone looking to explore this option seek the counsel of an experienced Manassas Misdemeanor Lawyer. As long as you haven't been convicted of a crime in Virginia or arrested or charged with a crime in Virginia in the last three years, your record can be expunged.

A Manassas Misdemeanor Lawyer will have a firm command of the law in this area and provide insight into your specific situation, helping you make an informed decision about whether or not pursuing expungement is the best course of action for your particular circumstances. Making such a decision wisely can mean freedom from conviction-related consequences and provide a new opportunity for success.

Learn more about your legal options when facing charges by scheduling a free initial consultation with a Manassas misdemeanor attorney from our team. Call(703) 215-9337 or contact us online to get started.

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