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Top-of-the-Line Criminal Defense Services from an Experienced Attorney

The Experience You Need for the Outcome You Want

Criminal offenses in the state of Virginia have specific penalties depending on the crime. Generally, the more serious the crime, the more severe the punishment. Some convictions of certain crimes can result in the death penalty or life in prison, while some crimes only have a penalty of hefty fines, but no jail time. For the most reliable legal defense in Virginia, contact the law office of C. Gregory Phillips in Salem, VA. We offer many residents the benefit of top-notch lawyer services, including defense for virtually any criminal case you may find yourself in. We offer the experience you need to achieve the outcome you want every time!

The Best Defense for Misdemeanors and Felonies in Virginia

The courts categorize most criminal offenses into categories of misdemeanors or felonies. Generally, misdemeanors are lesser crimes than felonies, and can result in less severe penalties. However, Class 1 misdemeanors can still result in up to a year in jail and a fine of $2,500. Crimes like domestic violence and reckless driving are considered Class 1 misdemeanors, whereas crimes that include murder and burglary with a deadly weapon are felonies and can be punishable by death or life in prison. If you have been charged with a crime in Southwest Virginia, call the best defense attorney in the area at (540) 389-5439.

Charges, Convictions, and Your Criminal Record

In Virginia, criminal charges can be expunged from your permanent record, if granted by the court. If you have been acquitted of a crime, have had your charges nolled by the court, or have been granted an absolute pardon, or have been arrested for the first time with a misdemeanor, you are eligible for expungement. It is also possible for a criminal record to be sealed, which means that it would only be viewable by law enforcement. It will no longer be a part of your public record, and employers and potential employers will not have access to it. To find out if you are eligible to have your record expunged or sealed, contact our office today!