As with a felony, being charged with a misdemeanor in Virginia can have serious effects on your life. From losing a security clearance, being fired from a job, or even being deported, Virginia misdemeanor charges are not to be taken lightly. Not fully understanding the possible consequences, countless people appear in court each day in Virginia without an attorney to represent them. The goal of many people charged with a misdemeanor crime in Virginia is simply to avoid jail. The idea of staying out of jail by a guilty plea coupled with probation is an appealing proposition when a person has been living in fear of going to jail each day since his or her arrest. While the immediate goal of avoiding jail is achieved, the long-term consequences associated with a misdemeanor conviction are significant.
The reality is that the experienced attorneys at Beckman Schmalzle Georgelas & Ross PLC will often have a better option. Call us for a free consultation to learn about your rights and possible defenses to your charge. No matter how big or how small your charge, you and your case matter us.