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Felony Charges in VA

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Felonies are crimes that are more serious than misdemeanors and carry harsher penalties. A felony conviction is devastating and lasting consequences for the accused-- even beyond any time served in prison. If you or a loved one have been charged with a felony crime, it is crucial that they seek legal counsel immediately.

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Felony Crimes & Possible Punishments

Potential penalties for a felony conviction can vary, but almost always can result in serious, even life-altering consequences. Unlike misdemeanors, these convictions frequently place criminal defendants in prison and impose tremendous fines, as well.

The classifications of felonies in Virginia include:

  • Class 1 – These are the most serious crimes, such as premeditated murder. Adult defendants may face up to life in prison and fines as high as $100,000 if convicted.
  • Class 2 – A conviction for a Class 2 felony may result in a prison sentence of 20 years to life and fines up to $100,000. Examples include second-degree murder, manslaughter, and rape.
  • Class 3 – Class 3 felonies are less serious than the previous two classes, but still carry time in prison and hefty fines. A conviction can result in a sentence of between five and 20 years in prison and a fine up to $100,000. Examples include shooting or stabbing another person with an intent to kill.
  • Class 4 – One example of a Class 4 felony is arson where the building was not occupied. A conviction may result in a sentence of two to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
  • Class 5 – These crimes are known as "wobblers," which means they may be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances and any prior convictions. These crimes are punishable with prison terms of one to 10 years when charged as a felony and up to 12 months in jail if charged as a misdemeanor. Drug charges and involuntary manslaughter are an example of Class 5 felonies.
  • Class 6 – These crimes are also wobblers. When charged as a felony, the defendant may be sentenced to a prison term of one to five years or up to 12 months in jail for a misdemeanor conviction. Violation of a court order and reckless endangerment are examples of this type of felony.

Although these crimes vary in severity, any felony conviction is serious. Even after you are released from prison, having a felony conviction can interfere with your ability to get a job, find housing, and your right to vote. That is why it is so critical to meet these allegations with aggressive, proactive defense counsel that is ready to go the distance for their clients.

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