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What is a Class 6 Felony?

Felonies are considered to be more severe as criminal offenses than misdemeanors in Virginia as well as throughout the U.S. Every state classifies its felonies in its way according to the seriousness of the offense. In Virginia, Class 6 felonies are considered the least severe felonies. However, even though it is punished less severely, a Class Six felony still has ramifications that could be regarded as collateral damage to your life after a conviction, along with the criminal penalties you will face.

Class six felonies in Virginia carry the following penalties:

  • One year up to five years of incarceration in a state prison
  • Up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500 (in cases where it is treated as a misdemeanor)

Other penalties may be involved depending on the nature of the offense, such as license suspension, minimum mandatory time spent in jail, community service hours, and other court-ordered programs as determined by the court.

Examples of Class Six Felonies in Virginia

Many types of crimes fall into the category of a class six felony. These can include:

Collateral Damage of a Felony Conviction

Along with the above-mentioned criminal penalties, a class six felony also generally results in the loss of certain rights, such as the right to vote, hold public office, own a gun, and obtain particular state or federal professional licenses. For example, as a convicted felon, you may not be able to qualify for a license to sell real estate or become a nurse, teacher, pharmacist, electrician, plumber, or professional pilot. These are only a few examples. Furthermore, you may have difficulty obtaining a job, qualifying for educational loans, or finding housing because your criminal record will be accessible through a background check that can be run by potential employers, landlords, and other entities.

Why You Need an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer

Because of all the negative impacts a felony conviction can have on your life, livelihood, and future, you must have skilled legal representation from an experienced defender in your area. It is preferable to work with someone who has deep knowledge of the law and its procedures and is familiar with the local courts and their personnel.

At Andrew J. Cornick, Attorney at Law, you can find legal guidance and support from a former prosecutor. As your defender, I have been fighting for the people of Fredericksburg for over a decade. I understand the stakes when facing felony charges and will do everything legally possible to help you reach a favorable outcome.

Contact Andrew J. Cornick, Attorney at Law at (540) 386-0204 to discuss your case in a free consultation today.