A Knowledgeable Attorney Understands Felony & Misdemeanor Laws in Virginia

A criminal defense lawyer who cares about you

Being charged with any crime is a stressful experience, as it fills you with worry about your future. In an effort to be "tough on crime," police and prosecutors often charge those accused with the most serious crimes possible, which could mean substantial fines, jail or prison time, probation and other requirements. At Straw Law Firm, PLLC, our Lynchburg attorney has experience defending clients against many types of felonies and misdemeanors. We work tirelessly to ensure the accusations against you are fair, doing everything in our power to get your charges reduced or dropped.

Different crimes have different punishments

Depending on the nature and severity of the crime, you may face jail time, probation or fines. Many minor drug crimes, especially those involving small amounts of possession, are not felonies. However, drug amounts are sometimes inflated in the interrogation room to threaten suspects with felony trafficking charges. And not all violent crimes are felonies. Depending on the circumstances of the conflict, some may be charged as misdemeanors. Similarly, juvenile crimes are often handled differently from adult crimes, with less severe penalties.

Several crimes may be classified as felonies or misdemeanors depending on the circumstances:

  • Larceny. In Virginia, the theft of less than $200 is considered a misdemeanor, while the theft of any goods or funds over $200 may be charged as a felony.
  • DUI. First- and second-offense DUI charges are misdemeanors that involve fines and loss of driving privileges. A third DUI arrest is a felony, with a mandatory six-month jail sentence.
  • Violent crimes. Depending on the circumstances and severity, some violent crimes may be charged as misdemeanors. Domestic assault and battery is one example.

Why should you work with a criminal defense lawyer?

The criminal justice system is overwhelming to the average person. And if you're charged with a crime, you can't trust law enforcement officers to act in your best interest. Before you admit to any wrongdoing or agree to any plea deal, consult with a criminal defense attorney. Whether you're facing misdemeanor or felony charges, we craft a strong defense strategy on your behalf.

Meet with a criminal defense attorney in Lynchburg, VA

If you've been arrested or charged with a crime, call Straw Law Firm, PLLC at 434-338-7092 or contact us online. We handle both felony and misdemeanor charges from our office in Lynchburg, which offers on-street parking and is accessible by public transportation. Our team is proud to serve communities throughout central Virginia.