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Felonies are Virginia’s most serious criminal charges. Whether you have been charged with a class 1 felony or class 6 felony, get out of jail fast with a bail bond available 24/7 from Affordable Bail Bonding to start building your case and prove your innocence. It may just be the best thing you have ever done to help yourself.

What Is A Felony?

Of the three kinds of crime —infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies— a felony is the most severe. A felony is a crime usually involving violence that can be punishable by imprisonment for more than a year or, worse, death. There are six classes of a felony in Virginia, ranging from most severe to least severe.

 

Class Maximum Punishment Minimum Punishment Fine Severity Example
1 Death or Life Imprisonment None Applicable $100,000 Most Severe Murder
2 Life Imprisonment 20 years $100,000 More Severe Burglary with a Deadly Weapon
3 20 years 10 years $100,000 Moderately  Severe Shooting or Stabbing Someone
4 10 years 2 years $100,000 Severe Embezzlement
5 10 years 1 year $2,500 Less Severe Manslaughter
6 5 years 1 year $2,500 Least Severe Repeat Theft

 

Consider it this way: the more severe the crime, the more severe the punishment, and the more severe the punishment, the higher the bail is set. High bails are set in order to make it difficult for the accused to post and be released from jail. A bail of $20,000 or more for a felony charge is not uncommon.

A Felony Is…

Crimes that are considered a felony can include: 

  • Aggravated assault and/or battery
  • Animal Cruelty
  • Attempted Poisoning
  • Arson of an occupied building
  • Arson of an unoccupied building
  • Burglary
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug-related crimes
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Fraud
  • Grand theft auto (grand auto larceny)
  • Kidnapping
  • Manslaughter
  • Premeditated Murder
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Shooting or Stabbing Someone
  • Theft (Larceny)
  • Vandalism

Different Felony Classes

In addition to class 1 thru 6 felony charges, felonies are also classified as being against persons or against property.

Crimes Against Persons Include, But Are Not Limited To:

  • Aggravated assault and/or battery
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug-related crimes
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Extortion
  • Kidnapping
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder (1st and 2nd Degree)
  • Rape
  • Robbery

Crimes Against Property Include, But Are Not Limited To:

  • Arson
  • Burglary
  • Fraud
  • Grand theft auto
  • Theft
  • Vandalism

Statute of Limitations

The Statute of Limitations refers to the maximum amount of time the involved parties in a crime must begin legal proceedings. This law is put into place so evidence of a crime, whether physical or from eyewitnesses, is not invalidated over time. It is also so an individual cannot be charged a specified number of years after the date of the crime. Virginia’s statute of limitations is standard with a two-year limit with some exceptions. If you have questions about the statute of limitations involving the crime you are accused of, speak with a lawyer.

Accused Of A Felony?

If you are or a loved one has been accused of a felony with a high bail determined by a judge, Affordable Bail Bonds may be able to help. Our agents are accessible 24/7 and can help secure a bail bond no matter the amount. A 10 percent fee is applied to all bonds regardless of bail amount and we do have financing options available. Call us today.