Criminal accusations and charges put one of your basic rights at risk: your freedom. There is nothing more serious than being accused of a crime.
One of your most important rights is the right to remain silent, guaranteed by the United States Constitution. Unfortunately, most people accused of a crime believe that just explaining the situation to law enforcement can help them escape a criminal charge. This is never the case. When interacting with police, it’s important to remember that while they are there to protect and serve, what you say can and will be used against you. That’s why it’s essential to remain cooperative, but assert your right not to answer questions without an attorney present. Contact a quality defense attorney as soon as possible to ensure your rights are best protected.
A criminal conviction can lead to a permanent criminal record that will affect your reputation and your employment for the rest of your life.
If you are facing a criminal offense, either misdemeanor or felony, contact us today to set up a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. We offer free, no obligation consulations!
What is a Misdemeanor?
A misdemeanor is a criminal offense that is less serious than a felony and is generally punishable by up to a year in a local county jail. Punishments for misdemeanors can also include payment of a fine, probation, community service, and restitution.
Examples of Misdemeanors
- Serious traffic offenses
- Public intoxication
- Petit larceny
What is a Felony?
Felonies are the most serious class of crimes throughout Virginia. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime, felonies are generally punishable by a fine, imprisonment of greater than one year, or both.
Offenses that otherwise are misdemeanors can be elevated to felonies for repeat offenders.
As with misdemeanors, Virginia also subdivides felonies by class or degree. However, felonies can also be punished in a range of ways so that the punishment matches the severity of the crime.
Examples of Felonies
- Grand larceny
- Eluding Police
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