Felony convictions in Woodbridge, VA and the region carry the most severe penalties of incarceration and sometimes even death. If you have been arrested on a felony charge, you will want to secure a criminal defense lawyer in Woodbridge VA right away. Boone Beale’s criminal defense attorneys, serving Woodbridge, VA and the surrounding areas, are available for an immediate and free case evaluation.
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To help you understand some of the guiding elements in your case, below we describe felony charge classifications, the penalties they carry, and how a criminal defense lawyer in Woodbridge VA can help minimize the consequences.
Class 1 felonies – premeditated murder, for example – are punishable by life imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000. In some cases, the state may seek the death penalty for adults over 18.
Class 2 felonies include intentionally and maliciously causing someone else bodily injury, burglary with deadly weapon or aggravated murder. Class 2 convictions carry sentences of 20 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
Class 3 felonies include stabbing, strangling, shooting or poisoning a person with intent to kill or maim. Class 3 convictions carry jail sentences of 5 to 20 years and up to $100,000 fine.
Class 4 felonies include, for example, pimping or managing prostitutes’ activities with clients, arson of an abandoned building or embezzlement among others. Class 4 convictions carry jail sentences of 2 to 20 years and up to $100,000 fine.
Class 5 and Class 6 felony crimes may include involuntary man slaughter, assault and battery, animal cruelty and extortion among others. Depending on the crime and the discretion of the judge and jury, the charge may be reduced to a misdemeanor. If the conviction is treated as a felony, the sentence can range from 1 to 10 years. If treated as a misdemeanor, the sentence can only be up to a year and a fine of $2,500.
Within this wide range of felony classes and penalties, there is much that can be done to minimize your consequences with the early engagement of a criminal defense attorney in Woodbridge VA. Contact Boone Beale for an expert evaluation today.