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 Misdemeanor
- Up to 12 months in jail and / or a fine of up to $2,500
Class 2 Misdemeanor
- Up to 6 months in jail and / or a fine of up to $1,000
Class 3 Misdemeanor
- A fine of up to $500
Class 4 Misdemeanor
- 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.
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