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Whatare the differences between a felony criminal offense, a misdemeanor criminal offense and traffic violation under Virginia criminal law?

Every jurisdiction has a code of conduct making certain behavior illegal.  The various offenses set forth in any particular set of laws are generally classified as Criminal Offenses or Traffic Violations.  Criminal Offenses are further broken down into either MISDEMEANOR criminal offenses or FELONY criminal offenses, with misdemeanor offenses being less serious offenses which have less severe punishments and felony offenses being more serious offenses which have more severe punishments

For information about the specific punishment scheme for criminal and traffic offenses in Virginia, click here.   

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