Charlottesville Criminal Lawyers
Misdemeanor charges are can lead to heavy fines, jail time, and a criminal record in Virginia. Having that mark on your record can cause difficulties for people in the long-term, especially when applying for certain employment opportunities, financial loan applications, or educational programs, not to mention the impact it can have on someone’s personal relationships. Misdemeanors may also result in community service or restitution requirements. well-qualified attorney is your best option for avoiding incarceration through the negotiation of a plea agreement or by crafting a solid defense strategy aimed an acquittal or dismissal of the case.
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High Quality Representation
Our law firm has skilled attorneys who represent clients across Virginia. Our lawyers routinely practice in state and federal courts, both at trial, and on appeal to the Virginia Court of Appeals, the Virginia Supreme Court, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Every lawyer at our law firm is a graduate of the University of Virginia and has distinguished himself or herself as a lawyer and as a member of the community. Each of our lawyers has been chosen to lead various state and local legal organizations. We are proud that our firm has been named a best law firm by U.S. News and World Report and received numerous other honors.
How We Can Help You?
We provide aggressive defense against misdemeanor charges including:
- underage alcohol possession
- drug charges
- destruction of property
- assault, battery
- white collar crimes such as embezzlement, theft, fraud, and computer crimes
Protect Your Record
Although jail time is possible in a misdemeanor case, the greater concern for many first-time offenders is the possibility of a permanent criminal record. A conviction for theft, trespassing, shoplifting or another misdemeanor offense can have serious implications for future employment and education options.
Types of Misdemeanors
Under Virginia law, misdemeanor criminal offenses are categorized into 4 classes, each with its own range of sentences. Specifically, the four classes of misdemeanors, and the possible sentences are:
- Class 1: up to 12 months in jail and / or a fine of up to $2,500
- Class 2: up to 6 months in jail and / or a fine of up to $1,000
- Class 3: a fine of up to $500
- Class 4: a fine of up to $250
If Virginia law doesn’t specify a specific punishment for a particular misdemeanor, it will be treated as a Class 1 misdemeanor criminal offense.
Virginia Court Procedure
Misdemeanor cases typically begin with an arraignment in General District Court. At the arraignment, the accused is notified of the charges he or she faces. If the crime is a misdemeanor, the court will set a date for a trial where the judge will hear evidence presented by the prosecutor as well as evidence on behalf of the accused.
If you are facing criminal allegations, we are prepared to stand up for your rights. Call us today at (434) 972-9600 or contact us online.
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We are located in Charlottesville, but our lawyers handle cases in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Greene County, Fluvanna County, Louisa County, Nelson County, Madison County, Orange County, Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County, and across Virginia.
Davidson & Kitzmann, PLC
211 E High St
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: (434) 972-9600
Fax: (434) 220-0011
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