Archives for Misdemeanor Offenses

Other Misdemeanor Offenses

There is any number of criminal misdemeanor offenses which can be charged in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Some of these charges are very minor and some can be fairly serious. For these cases it is recommended that you consult with Mr. Davis for further information about the specific offense that you are charged with.
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Weapons Charges

Generally there are two types of misdemeanor weapons charges. The first is carrying a concealed weapon and the second is brandishing or pointing a weapon. Both are class one misdemeanors with maximum penalties of one (1) year in jail and up to a $2500 fine.
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Trespassing and Unlawful Entry

Trespassing and unlawful entry are both class one misdemeanors. The maximum penalty is one (1) year in jail and up to a $2500 fine. Trespass can come in many forms but the most common is to go onto the property posted against trespass or returning to property that you have been given notice not to return to. Unlawful entry is entering property for the purpose of damaging the property or interfering with the lawful use of the property by the rightful owner of the property.
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Theft, Shoplifting and Concealment

Theft, Shoplifting and Concealment are class one misdemeanors with a maximum sentence of one (1) year in jail and a $2500 fine. Theft is the taking of property with the intention to permanently deprive the rightful owner of its use. Shoplifting is the same thing with the exception that it occurs in a commercial establishment such as a Department Store. Concealment is also a theft offense (also called a Larceny offense) as well and involves concealing the property at issue whether removed from the store or not.
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Prostitution and Solicitation of Prostitution

These charges are both class one misdemeanors with maximum penalties of one (1) year in jail and up to a $2500 fine. Prostitution is an act of selling sexual services for money or its equivalent. Solicitation is the act of requesting these services. Both require an act in furtherance of carrying out the sexual service. Arrests for these charges are usually carried out by undercover officers in the vice squad. Generally the evidence in the case is the eye witness testimony of the officers conducting the sting operation and in some cases actual physical evidence in the form of marked buy funds.
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Possession of Marijuana

Simple Possession of Marijuana is an unclassified misdemeanor for the first offense and carries a jail sentence of up to thirty (30) days and up to a $500 fine. In addition if convicted your privilege to drive will be suspended for six (6) months. If convicted of a second or subsequent offense it is considered a class one misdemeanor with up to one (1) year in jail, up to a $2500 fine and a license suspension of six (6) months.
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Phone Threats and Use of Profane Language

Phone use can be unlawful for the purposes not only of making threats but also by using obscene, vulgar or profane language. This crime is a class one misdemeanor punishable by one (1) year in jail and a fine of up to $2500. The main defenses to this are identification of the caller and whether the language used falls within the nature of a threat or other prohibited language. There can also be issues of whether the call or calls ever took place at all.
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Passing Bad Checks

This offense can be a felony or a misdemeanor depending on the value of the check amount. If less than $200 in value the crime is a misdemeanor and is technically a theft offense. As a class one misdemeanor this crime is punishable by one (1) year in jail and up to a $2500 fine.
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Gambling

Gambling is a class three misdemeanor and is punishable by a maximum of a $500 fine. In most cases the cost of defending this charge will be greater than the maximum fine. You may wish to defend this charge for a non-monetary reason. These cases are usually very fact specific.
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False ID, ID Fraud & ID Theft

These charges are class one misdemeanors collectively. There can be forms of these crimes that are felonies as well. They will be addressed separately. As a class one misdemeanor the maximum penalty is one (1) year in jail and a fine of $2500.
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