Criminal Law and Traffic Violations
Frequently Asked Questions
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Can social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter be used as evidence in a court of law?
I’ve been arrested or received a traffic violation. What should I do next?
Call our office to make an appointment as early as possible so we can file the proper motions on your behalf prior to your court date.
Please understand that some motions are time sensitive and need to be filed in advance of your court date. The more time you provide us, the more time our office has to secure important evidence and properly prepare for your case.
Please bring a copy of your citation, warrant, summons, criminal complaint, and/or other documents you were served to your appointment.
For traffic violations, also bring a copy of your driving record and driver compliance summary, which can be obtained at the office of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicle or online.
Is reckless driving a Class 1 misdemeanor?
Are there other classes of misdemeanors?
A Class 3 carries a maximum fine of $500 and a Class 4 carries a maximum fine of $250.
Are there classes of felonies?
Yes, there are 6 classes of felonies that carry a range of jail time and fines. Below is the maximum jail time for each class of felonies:
Class 1 – life to death penalty
Class 2 – 20 years to life
Class 3 – 5 to 20 years
Class 4 – 2 to 10 years
Class 5 – 1 to 10 years
Class 6 – 1 to 5 years