What is a felony?

A felony is an extremely serious offense. Some examples of common felonies include homicide, rape, malicious wounding, grand larceny, forgery, and embezzlement. In Virginia, a felony is punishable by over a year in jail and/or a fine. Furthermore, in addition to a possible decades-long stint in jail, a felony conviction could result in the loss of an individual’s right to vote and to possess a firearm. Felony charges are normally resolved in the Circuit Court either through a guilty plea or a trial. A trial may either be with or without a jury.

What is a misdemeanor?

While not as serious as a felony, a misdemeanor is still a very serious offense. Some examples of common misdemeanors include assault and battery, reckless driving, DUI/DWI, destruction of property, petit larceny, trespassing, possession of marijuana and being drunk in public. In Virginia, a misdemeanor is punishable by up to 12 months in jail and up to a $2,500 fine. Misdemeanor charges are resolved in the General District Court either through a guilty plea or a trial without a jury.

Why should I partner with Juris Day?

With decades of criminal defense experience, the attorneys of Juris Day understand the serious, life-changing consequences of a criminal conviction. Consequently, we will fight hard to protect your personal liberties and future. Our attorneys have successfully defended many clients facing felony and misdemeanor charges. The attorneys of Juris Day will stand by you, even if you face unfair charges that can lead to long-term prison sentences. The attorneys of Juris Day will work tirelessly to explore every defense available to secure the best possible outcome.