Virginian residents likely know about two different types of charges: misdemeanors and felonies. However, there is a type of charge that falls between the two in terms of severity. Mark B. Arthur, attorney at law, is here to offer knowledge and help if you are facing a gross misdemeanor charge.
If you are charged with a gross misdemeanor, it means the crime you are being accused of committing is more serious than one that would result in an average misdemeanor charge. However, the crime would still be considered minor. Serious crimes almost always end up with felony charges instead. Simple assault, petty theft, and driving under the influence are all examples of potential crimes that might be considered gross misdemeanors.
It should be noted that the penalties for gross misdemeanors are usually harsher than average misdemeanors, too. For example, you could face fines up to thousands of dollars and up to a year of time in jail. Probation periods usually last longer, too. In some states, they can last anywhere from three to six years. Gross misdemeanors will also often remain on your record for four years minimum after any jail sentence has ended. This is double the time for average or petty misdemeanors.
Being charged with a gross misdemeanor can still be very scary, and the consequences if you are convicted can be far-reaching. For this reason, you may wish to take a look at our linked webpage on criminal defense and handling different types of charges. You can even contact us directly for more information.