Felonies are punishable by death or imprisonment in state prison in Virginia. Less severe crimes like misdemeanor offenses are punishable by 12 months in prison max. For more info on misdemeanor offense and crimes in Virginia, see Virginia Misdemeanor Crimes by the class and the sentences. In Virginia, felonies are designated from class 1 to class 6 (class 1 being the most serious whereas class 6 being the least serious) but lawmakers may also set detailed terms for certain crimes and offenses. (Va. Ann. Code § § 18.2-8, 18.2-9.)
A class 6 felony offense carries imprisonment from one to five years in a prison or a jail sentence of you to 12 months and a fine of not more than $2,500. A felony crime can depend on a single offense of more than $200 or constructed on an amount of fewer than $200 if you have two previous larceny convictions. The previous offense could be offenses other than robbery that are measured under the law to be larceny crimes such as bad checks or other fraud crimes and not specifically labeled larcenies. You should contact a lawyer immediately to sort this position out for you. If you don’t have prior larceny offenses then this should be a misdemeanor offense of not more than $200. You may also have a defense if you had a valid receipt for the property that allege that you stole.
Consequences of a Felony Conviction
In Virginia, a conviction of a felony crime has penalties outside of a fine and jail time. If you are convicted of a violent felony offense, you can lose your right to vote for the rest of your life. If, however, it is a non-violent felony offense, such as possession of any drug, or etc. then you may file a petition in the court to have your right to vote reinstalled once you’ve served your prison sentence, parole, probation, and pay restitution and all fines, which may take some time. Moreover, several other rights enjoyed by a variety of individuals are at risk if you are charged with a felony offense including owning a weapon, enlistment in the armed service, serving on a Grand Jury, or running for state office.
Facing a felony charge is scary. There are a lot of uncertainties when you are charged and you often do not know where to turn. Law Office Sris P.C is here to help. We work on many different criminal matters and can help in many different circumstances. We are committed to advocating aggressively for all of our clients at every stage of the process. Contact our team today to see how we can help.