A Brief Primer On Felony in Virginia

There are several types of Felonies in Virginia. Let’s look at what they are, and the punishments for each Felony.

Class 1 Felonies are punishable by life imprisonment, death, or a fine of no more than one hundred thousand dollars. The only example of Class 1 felonies in Virginia are premeditated murder under special circumstances.

Class 2 Felonies are punishable by imprisonment from life to no less than twenty years, or a fine of no more than one hundred thousand dollars. Examples of Class 2 felonies include certain types of murder, sexual crimes and kidnapping.

Class 3 Felonies can have a punishable prison term of no less than five years but nor more than twenty years in a state facility. Drug crimes, kidnapping and manslaughter may be designated a Class 3 felony. A fine of no more than one hundred thousand dollars is also possible.

Class 4 Felonies can have a prison term of no less than two years and no more than ten years in a state facility with a possible fine of no more than one hundred thousand dollars. Examples of Class 4 crimes include embezzlement and other white collar crimes, drug crimes, and arson.

Class 5 Felonies can carry a prison sentence of no less than one year and no more than ten years. At the discretion of the court, confinement in a county jail for no more than twelve months is also possible with a fine of no more than twenty-five hundred dollars. An individual can be sentenced to one or both of these punishments. Examples of Class 5 felonies include DWI, involuntary manslaughter, and extortion.

Class 6 Felonies can have prison terms of no less than one year and no more than five years, or like Class 5 Felonies, confinement in a county jail facility for no more than twelve months is possible. A fine of twenty-five hundred dollars is also possible. Class 6 felonies include reckless endangerment, animal cruelty, or repeated larcenies.

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