Charlottesville Criminal Defense LawyersA criminal charge puts your reputation, lifestyle and sometimes your freedom at risk. If you are facing a felony or misdemeanor charge, you may face heavy fines, probation and even jail or prison time. We understand the stakes you are facing and our attorneys have the extensive experience and knowledge needed to stand up for your rights.
Cases we HandleOur criminal defense lawyers routinely represent individuals and businesses facing state or federal criminal charges. Our firm is in Charlottesville, Virginia, but we handle misdemeanors and felonies both at trial and in appellate proceedings. We are dedicated to the aggressive defense of our clients and providing the highest quality legal services.
- White collar crimes such as fraud, embezzlement, computer crimes, and forgery.
- Felonies and Misdemeanors We provide aggressive defense against felony and misdemeanor charges such as underage alcohol possession, theft, burglary, robbery, drug charges, destruction of property, assault and battery, trespass, shoplifting, and others.
- Class 1: up to 12 months in jail and / or a fine of up to $2,500
- Class 2: up to 6 months in jail and / or a fine of up to $1,000
- Class 3: a fine of up to $500
- Class 4: a fine of up to $250
- Virginia Class 1 felony: death or life imprisonment and possibly, $100,000 fine;
- Virginia Class 2 felony: life imprisonment or 20 years in prison and possibly, $100,000 fine;
- Virginia Class 3 felony: not less than five, no more than 20 years in prison, and possibly, $100,000 fine;
- Virginia Class 4 felony: not less than two years, no more than 10 years in prison, and possibly, $100,000 fine;
- Virginia Class 5 felony: not less than one year, no more than 10 years in prison (this charge does carry the possibility of no more than 12 months in jail and no more than $2,500 fine);
- Virginia Class 6 felony: not less than one year, no more than five years in prison (this charge does carry the possibility of no more than 12 months in jail and no more than $2,500 fine).
- Probation Violations
- Drug-Related Crimes
- Alcohol-Related Offenses
Although jail time is possible in a misdemeanor case, the greater concern for many first-time offenders is the possibility of a permanent criminal record. A conviction for theft, trespassing, shoplifting or another misdemeanor offense can look bad on a job application and can have serious implications for future employment options.
Under Virginia law, misdemeanor criminal offenses are categorized into 4 classes, each with its own range of sentences.
Specifically, the four classes of misdemeanors, and the possible sentences are:
If Virginia law doesn't specify a specific punishment for a particular misdemeanor, it will be treated as a Class 1 misdemeanor criminal offense.
Misdemeanor cases typically begin with an arraignment in General District Court. At the arraignment, the accused is notified of the charges he or she faces. If the crime is a misdemeanor, the court will set a date for a trial where the judge will hear evidence presented by the prosecutor as well as evidence on behalf of the accused.
A felony conviction can result in a loss of basic constitutional rights, including the right to vote and the right to own a firearm. A felony conviction can also result in a significant jail or prison sentence.
In Virginia, there are six classes of felonies, the maximum sentence for each is specified below:
Internal InvestigationsWe also assist clients with conducting corporate internal investigations to address potential employee misconduct and the implementation of preventative measures to help avoid problems in this area, including the establishment of appropriate internal audit and security measures, employee screening procedures, and other mechanisms to help ensure statutory and regulatory compliance. We can also coordinate efforts to obtain a "safe harbor" protection for clients under various state and federal laws.
Contact UsIf you are facing criminal allegations, we are prepared to stand up for your rights. Call us today at (434) 972-9600 or contact us online.
Davidson and Kitzmann, PLC
211 E. High Street
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Tel: (434) 972-9600
Fax: (434) 220-0011
We are located in Charlottesville, but our lawyers handle cases in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Greene County, Fluvanna County, Louisa County, Nelson County, Madison County, Orange County, Richmond, Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County, and across Virginia.