West Virginia Attorney Defend You against Felonies and Misdemeanors
What are the differences between felonies and misdemeanors?
Felonies are serious crimes that are punishable by more than a year in prison. Misdemeanors are less serious crimes that are punishable by a year or less. Any criminal conviction — felony or misdemeanor — can have long-lasting consequences, so it is important that you understand the charge you face and the potential sentence. The Charleston, WV lawyers at The Giatras Law Firm, PLLC work hard to reduce or eliminate the charges against you.
What are the different types of misdemeanors in West Virginia?
Misdemeanors in West Virginia are divided into four classes, with Class 1 being the most serious and Class 4 the least. The penalties for these misdemeanors include:
- Class 1 — A maximum sentence of 12 months in a county jail and a fine of $2,500
- Class 2 — A maximum sentence of six months in a county jail and a fine of $1,000
- Class 3 — A fine of $500 and usually no jail time
- Class 4 — A fine of $250 and usually no jail time
Examples of misdemeanors include a first DUI offense, possession of marijuana, and minor forms of assault.
What are the felony classifications in West Virginia?
In West Virginia, felonies are divided into six classes:
- Class 1 — These are the most serious offenses, such as murder, and are punishable by life imprisonment or the death penalty.
- Class 2 — These are punishable by up to 25 years in prison.
- Class 3 — These crimes carry a sentence of between five and 25 years in prison.
- Class 4 — These are punishable by two to 10 years in prison.
- Class 5 — These carry a fine of $2,500 and imprisonment of one to 10 years.
- Class 6 — The maximum sentence for these is a $2,500 fine and five years in a state penitentiary.
Examples of felonies are most forms of sexual assault, serious or repeat offenses of assault and battery, distribution of drugs and many white-collar crimes.
At The Giatras Law Firm, PLLC, we have a reputation for vigorously defending our clients. Contact us online or at 888-819-1281 for more information about how we can defend you against felony and misdemeanor charges. We are available 24 hours a day.