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Criminal Matters

Criminal behavior in Virginia encompasses a massive spectrum of conduct.  A dog off of a leash in Fairfax County is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine.  Being intoxicated in pubic is also a criminal offense punishable as a misdemeanor.  More serious matters - like Robbery, Murder, Rape, Arson, Felony Assault - are major crimes that carry severe penalties.  No matter how small or big the offense, if you are facing prosecution you need an attorney who knows the justice system in the Commonwealth.

If you need an experienced Fairfax Criminal Defense Lawyer and Trial Attorney, contact our office today to schedule a free consultation - we will gladly discuss your case.

Penalties ranges for criminal conduct vary.  Some offenses have their own unique penalty range.  Such offenses are known as unclassified felonies or unclassified misdemeanors.  However, most offenses are classified.  Here are the penalty ranges for misdemeanors and felonies that are classified:

  • For Class 1 felonies, death, if the person so convicted was 18 years of age or older at the time of the offense and is not determined to be a person with intellectual disability, or imprisonment for life and a fine of not more than $100,000.*
  • For Class 2 felonies, imprisonment for life or for any term not less than 20 years and a fine of not more than $100,000.*
  • For Class 3 felonies, a term of imprisonment of not less than five years nor more than 20 years and a fine of not more than $100,000.*
  • For Class 4 felonies, a term of imprisonment of not less than two years nor more than 10 years and a fine of not more than $100,000.*
  • For Class 5 felonies, a term of imprisonment of not less than one year nor more than 10 years or confinement in jail for not more than 12 months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both.**
  • For Class 6 felonies, a term of imprisonment of not less than one year nor more than five years or confinement in jail for not more than 12 months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both.**
  • For Class 1 misdemeanors, confinement in jail for not more than twelve months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both.**

  • For Class 2 misdemeanors, confinement in jail for not more than six months and a fine of not more than $1,000, either or both.**

  • For Class 3 misdemeanors, a fine of not more than $500.

  • For Class 4 misdemeanors, a fine of not more than $250.

*For these offenses imprisonment and a fine or imprisonment only must be imposed; a fine only option is not available.

**For these offenses it is possible to be given only a fine upon conviction. 

Unless an offense has "mandatory minimum" requirements, a judge can suspend the imposition of active incarceration and order probation or other terms deemed appropriate. 

George Freeman has tried hundreds of cases in every Court in Fairfax County.  If you need an experienced Fairfax Criminal Defense Lawyer, contact Mr. Freeman today!

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