Virginia Felonies Lawyers Uphold Your Due Process Rights
Robust defense representation for serious criminal charges
In Virginia, felony crimes call for a punishment of one year or more in state prison. If you’re charged with a felony, you are in jeopardy of losing your liberty and a great deal of money through fines. Additionally, there’s the potential for permanent disruption to your life, your career and your family. The Law Office of Jeremiah A. Denton III provides robust representation in felony cases, including sound legal advice, emotional support, and skilled negotiation and litigation. While no attorney can guarantee results, our firm relies on proven strategies for minimizing the consequences of a felony arrest. We work with the facts of your case to deliver the best possible outcome.
Understanding felony classifications in the Code of Virginia
Felony crimes are more serious than misdemeanors and have longer sentences and higher fines. If convicted of a felony, a person usually serves a sentence in state prison rather than county jail. Criminal law in Virginia divides felony offenses into six classes. The punishments authorized under the Code of Virginia are as follows:
- Class 1 — Death penalty or life imprisonment and a fine of not more than $100,000
- Class 2 — Imprisonment for 20 years to life and a fine of not more than $100,000
- Class 3 — Imprisonment for five to 20 years and a fine of not more than $100,000
- Class 4 — Imprisonment for two to 10 years and a fine of not more than $100,000
- Class 5 — Imprisonment for one to 10 years or a jail term of 12 months or less, and a fine of not more than $2,500
- Class 6 — Imprisonment for one to five years or a jail term of 12 months or less, and a fine of not more than $2,500
In many cases, judges have discretion with regards to sentencing. A capable attorney can sometimes negotiate with a prosecutor to get the court to approve a reduction of charges or sentencing.
Examples of felony offenses in Virginia
The Code of Virginia lists numerous categories of felony offenses. Common examples include:
- Attempted crimes — Planning to commit a crime can be a crime in itself, even if a person has not committed an illegal act.
- Violent crimes — A serious crime against another person, such as murder, assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery or kidnapping.
- Property crimes — Deliberate destruction of property, such as arson.
- Fraud — Theft by deception of an item of substantial value.
- Drug crimes — Possessing, selling and manufacturing illicit drugs are crimes against health and safety.
- Weapons charges — Possession of firearms by a convicted felon is a felony offense.
- Interfering with a trial — Intimidating a witness or tampering with a jury.
- Organized crime — Engaging in a criminal enterprise or money laundering.
For further information, see our Criminal Law FAQ page.
Contact a trustworthy criminal defense attorney for felony charges in Virginia Beach
If you’ve been arrested on felony charges in the Virginia Beach area, reach out to The Law Office of Jeremiah A. Denton III. Our dedicated attorneys help ensure that your rights are protected and you get the benefit of due process, as we work to achieve the best possible outcome. Call us today at 757-215-4818 or contact us online.