The attorneys at DSK|Law have decades of experience representing clients charged with criminal offenses in Arlington, Fairfax, Alexandria, Falls Church, Prince William, and other counties in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. We handle a range of matters including investigations, trials, and appeals. In addition to possible incarceration, a conviction could result in immigrations consequences, loss of a security clearance, or termination from employment. Our attorneys, support staff, and investigators provide our clients with the resources necessary to effectively resolve their case and address each client’s unique concerns.
Difference between Felony and Misdemeanor
Misdemeanor offenses in Virginia are punished by up to 12 months in jail and up to a $2,500 fine. They are resolved in the General District Court either through a guilty plea or a trial without a jury. Some examples of common misdemeanors include DUI/DWI, Reckless Driving, Petit Larceny, Trespassing, Assault and Battery, Destruction of Property, Drunk in Public, and Possession of Marijuana.
Felony offenses in Virginia are punishable by over a year in jail and or a fine. In addition to possible incarceration, if you are convicted of a felony you also lose your right to vote and possess a firearm. Felonies are resolved in the Circuit Court either through a guilty plea or a trial. A trial may be with a jury or without. Some examples of common felonies include Grand Larceny, Forgery, Possession of Drugs, Embezzlement, and Malicious Wounding.