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Alexandria Misdemeanor Attorneys

Experienced Defense Against Misdemeanor Charges in Virignia

Have you or a loved one been charged with a misdemeanor? At Silis & Associates, we provide legal representation for a wide array of misdemeanor cases. While these charges are considered "minor," they can often result in substantial consequences that interrupt the life of the accused.

Challenge your misdemeanor charges. Call our Alexandria, VA lawyers at (703) 721-4773 or contact us online today for a complimentary case evaluation!

Virginia’s Misdemeanor Classifications

Misdemeanor crimes are categorized in classes, from most to least serious. As you can see below, misdemeanors can often result in serious fines and even significant jail time for those convicted.

Virginia classifies misdemeanors in the following classes:

Class 1 Misdemeanors

These are considered the most serious crimes classified as misdemeanors. Class 1 misdemeanors include carrying a gun without the required permit, DUI, and domestic violence. They are punishable by jail terms of up to 12 months, fines of up to $2,500, or both.

Class 2 Misdemeanors 

Examples of crimes in this class include reckless driving, possessing drug paraphernalia, or a Schedule IV drug. The sentence could be up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both.

Class 3 Misdemeanors

This type of crime is not punishable with jail time. A conviction may result in a fine of up to $500. Examples include possession of a Schedule V drug.

Class 4 Misdemeanors

These are the least serious crimes, such as public intoxication or possession of a Schedule VI drug. The punishment is a fine of up to $250.

Do Misdemeanors Stay on My Criminal Record?

If you are convicted of a misdemeanor in Virginia, that conviction will go on your criminal record permanently. This means that it will be visible to anyone performing a background check, including potential employers. Although misdemeanors are less serious than felonies, a conviction will still appear on your public criminal record and likely have serious, detrimental effects on your reputation and ability to gain employment.

Unfortunately, Virginia also has strict laws about expungement; in most cases, you will not be able to get your misdemeanor conviction expunged from your record. Expungements are only available if your charges were dismissed, if you were acquitted at trial, or if it is found later that someone else committed the crime under your name.

Get the Representation You Deserve

At Silis & Associates, we believe that every criminal charge should be meticulously analyzed and scrutinized. Our Virginia criminal defense attorneys will work to prepare a solid defense for your case, negotiate whenever possible, and will take prosecutors to court—when necessary—to secure the best outcome possible.

Ready to defend your rights? Schedule a free consultation with our Alexandria misdemeanor attorneys by contacting us today.


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