Virginia Felony What You Need To Know

A Virginia felony is a serious crime. The technical definition of a felony is a crime that is punishable by death, or by a prison sentence in excess of one year. All other crimes can be broadly categorized as misdemeanors, since by definition, they are punishable by prison terms of one year or less.

Because of the way that the punishment length indicates the severity of the crime, crimes which you might not necessarily expect to be felonious can be tried as such.

Let me explain: Obviously, murder, rape and aggravated assault are very serious, and no one would be surprised that they are Virginia felony charges.

However, relatively minor crimes can become Virginia felonies if the prosecutor believes that they are serious enough — for instance, drug possession becomes possession with intent to distribute, rolling a relatively minor offence into felony territory.

This also applies the number and type of convictions one has had in the past. Two or more misdemeanors for drunk driving and you may face a Virginia felony conviction, lose your right to vote and find it difficult to find employment.

In this manner, it’s easy to have relatively minor crimes add up to big consequences. Reckless driving can become reckless endangerment, theft can become grand larceny. What you don’t know definitely can hurt you.

When it comes to the justice system, don’t take a chance on things spiralling out of control. The office of Faraji Rosenthall offers free consultations. Give us a call today.

The Virginia 251 Program

The Virginia 251 Program is an excellent option for individuals charged with a first offense drug possession in the state of Virginia. The program is named after section 18.2-251 of the Virginia state code. The law provides an opportunity to have the drug possession case continued for some period of time.

During that time, the accused must avoid any other illegal behavior, perform community service, and take drug classes. If the accused is successful in meeting the conditions of the 251 program, then the case against the accused will be dismissed. The judge will determine the specific terms of probation and community service.

  • The accused must successfully complete treatment or an education program.
  • The accused must remain drug and alcohol free during the period of probation and submit to tests during that period.
  • The accused must make reasonable efforts to secure and maintain employment.
  • The accused must comply with a plan of at least 100 hours of community service for a felony and up to 24 hours of community service for a misdemeanor.
  • Testing will be overseen by the supervising probation agency.

For more information about the Virginia 251 Program, please contact our office to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Virginia Drug Attorney.