Virginia Class 1 Misdemeanor Punishment
In Virginia Class 1 Misdemeanor have a Punishment of 12 months in Jail and fine of $2500 and sometimes both given by the Virginia court
The Democratic lawmakers in Virginia categorize law offenses as felonies and misdemeanors. Herein, a felony is defined as serious punishable criminal acts inclusive of physical harm to the citizen such as murder, or large-scale non-violent offenses such as theft and fraud. Whereas misdemeanors are described as less serious judicial offenses.The Virginia lawmakers have further classified as misdemeanors class 1,2, 3 and four as well as set a particular penalty for each of the misdemeanors class.
Virginia Class 1 Misdemeanor Punishment: These encompass criminal act whose punishment includes imprisonment and fines where the penalty of a maximum of 12 months that is confinement in jail (state prison) and fine of about $2500 and sometimes both is given by the Virginia court.
Examples of Misdemeanors Class 1 comprises of domestic violence, carrying a firearm or weapon without a license, assault, Petit larceny or shoplifting, traffic offenses particularly reckless driving, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and possession of controlled substances such as drugs and trespassing.
Reckless Driving: When a resident of Virginia is driving above the given speed limit (that is 80 miles per hour), the person can be charged with class 1 Misdemeanors.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics: A person can plead guilty if blood alcohol level of the person is0.08% or above.
Petit larceny: Petit larceny is defined as the act of stealing of property or money of value range from $50-200.
Assault: The exhibition of physical violence against the fellow citizens.
Domestic Violence: Domestic violence is referred as causing physical harm to the relatives, peers and family members.
Misdemeanors Class 2: Under this section, a penalty of 6 months may be sentence and fine of $1000is authorized by the judicial system of Virginia.
Misdemeanors Class 3: Comprises of fine of $500 with no imprisonment.
Misdemeanors Class 4: is the lowest level of Misdemeanors in Virginia and encloses fine of $250 likewise without any jail confinement.
If a person is convicted of a criminal act despite its nature even for level 4 misdemeanors there underlies serious consequences for such action. The Misdemeanors conviction can significantly affect personís profile that is personís criminal record will be created that can never be erased. This can then subsequently affect the driving, occupational, as well as educational opportunities for the person. Most importantly, Class 1 Misdemeanors will greatly influence the personís life that is after fine and jail confinement the individual will not be provided security clearance.
Furthermore, in accordance with the law of Virginia, any US citizen or individual who attempts to convict anact of criminal recognized, as Misdemeanors will plead guilty and thereby charged with the respective misdemeanors.
In the light of the above-mentioned consequences of criminal conviction, in case you are charged even with misdemeanors particularly misdemeanors class I, it is advisable that you immediately consult an experienced defense attorney. These lawyers have an understanding of the laws of Virginia as well as severity and the complexity of cases and/or charges.Therefore, they strive to convince your innocence to the court and drop the respective charges.
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