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Virginia Misdemeanor Criminal Defense Attorneys

Firm serves Hampton, Newport News, Chesapeake and surrounding Hampton Roads communities

If you were arrested or charged with a misdemeanor offense, you need immediate help from a skilled criminal defense attorney who can explain your legal options, ensure your rights are protected and fight for a satisfactory outcome. At Hunter Law Firm, we have been protecting the rights of Virginians since 1986. Experienced and aggressive, our Hampton Roads litigators are ready to protect your fundamental rights. Without the assistance of a criminal defense law firm, you may face serious penalties, including costly fines and jail time. Don’t gamble when it comes to your freedom. With offices in Hampton, Gloucester, Chesapeake and Newport News, we can react quickly to represent you wherever you might be in the area.

Misdemeanor classes under Virginia law

Under Virginia law, misdemeanors are divided into the following four classes, with Class 1 including the misdemeanor crimes that are punished most harshly:

  • Class 1 — If you are found guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor, you could spend up to one year in jail and be forced to pay a fine as high as $2,500. A DUI charge where no aggravating factors exist is in this category. Petit larceny, where the value of the items allegedly stolen is less than $1,000, is also a Class 1 misdemeanor, along with simple assault and disorderly conduct.
  • Class 2 — The top penalty for a Class 2 misdemeanor is six months of incarceration and a maximum $500 fine. Unauthorized possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, which includes several common prescription drugs, is in this class. You can also face these penalties for driving a vehicle without a license and some other traffic violations.
  • Class 3 — There is no jail sentence associated with a conviction for a Class 3 misdemeanor. However, you might be fined as much as $500. This group includes Schedule V drug possession charges and protective order violations.
  • Class 4 — Public intoxication counts and other Class 4 misdemeanors are punishable by a maximum $250 fine.

Any conviction can have a serious effect on your daily life, so it is important to consult with a qualified criminal defense attorney no matter what type of offense you are charged with.

Criminal defense law firm challenges authorities

Serving residents of York counties as well as the surrounding area, our attorneys understand the complexities of the Virginia criminal justice system and stay informed about new and revised statutes that affect misdemeanor defendants. Cases involving drug crime allegations sometimes hinge on improperly collected evidence. Police officers reporting to the scene of an alleged assault might not understand that the suspect was acting in self-defense. Whatever led to the charges against you, we will investigate the facts thoroughly and push back against overzealous authorities.

Contact a skillful Hampton Roads defense lawyer if you’ve been accused of a misdemeanor

Hunter Law Firm represents clients throughout the Hampton Roads area in misdemeanor criminal defense matters. To make an appointment for a consultation with a highly qualified Virginia attorney, contact us online or call one of our four convenient offices. We have locations in Hampton, Newport News, Chesapeake and Gloucester.

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Our Offices

Newport News
12610 Patrick Henry Drive
Suite B
Newport News, VA 23602
Phone: 757-LAW-FIRM
Fax: 757-825-9389

910 West Mercury Boulevard,
Suite 2A
Hampton, Virginia 23666
Phone: 757-825-0400
Fax: 757-825-9389

6834 Coleman’s Crossing Avenue
Suite C
Hayes, Virginia 23072
Phone: 804-694-0560
Fax: 804-693-3343

3800 Poplar Hill Road,
Suite G
Chesapeake, Virginia 23321
Phone: 757-393-1110
Fax: 757-393-7764

Office Hours
Monday-Thursday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am-3:00pm