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How are misdemeanor criminal offenses punished under Virginia criminal law?

 

A: Under Virginia criminal law, misdemeanor criminal offenses are categorized, for purposes of punishment and sentencing, into 4 classes:  Class 1 misdemeanor punishments are the most serious and Class 4 misdemeanor punishments are the least serious in Virginia.  

The punishment for Class 1 and Class 2 misdemeanor offenses in Virginia includes the possibility of a jail sentence, but under Virginia criminal law the punishment for Class 3 and Class 4 misdemeanor offenses does not include the possibility of a jail sentence.

Specifically, the possible punishments for the different classes of misdemeanor criminal offenses in Virginia include the following:    

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

Any offense designated as a misdemeanor criminal offense under Virginia law and for which no punishment, or no maximum punishment is prescribed, shall be treated as a Class 1 misdemeanor criminal offense.  

The experienced Virginia Criminal Defense Lawyers at The Wilson Law Firm can discuss this, and other Virginia criminal law matters, with you in more detail.

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