Where on my Ticket Does it Tell me if I’m Charged With a Misdemeanor or Felony?

If you’re unsure what type of charge you are facing in Virginia, you can find out in several ways.

1. Check your paperwork.

If you were arrested or even just given a “Virginia Uniform Summons,” you should have a copy of whatever paperwork is accusing you of violating the law. That paperwork (either a warrant or summons) will list the offense you’re charged with and your court date.

The paperwork may also say if the offense is a misdemeanor, felony, or traffic infraction. Summonses don’t usually have this information, but a warrant should. For a warrant, it would be listed on the right side of the form.

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2. Check the court’s computer.

Both misdemeanors and felonies typically begin in the General District Court in Virginia. You can look up your case information in their public database. That system has the type of offense listed on your case detailed screen. You can simply read from the screen whether or not you’re charged with a misdemeanor, felony, or traffic infraction.

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3. Call a defense lawyer.

If you’re in doubt about what you’re charged with, you should definitely talk with a local defense lawyer who can help you understand the nature of the charges.

 

Andrew Flusche

My name is Andrew Flusche. I am a traffic and misdemeanor defense lawyer in Virginia. I limit my practice to traffic tickets and misdemeanor defense, so I know the ins and outs of these offenses. I literally wrote the book on reckless driving in Virginia which you can get on Amazon here or download for free here. I opened my practice in 2008 after earning my Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Since then I have earned over 600 5-star reviews from happy clients on Google, Yelp, Facebook, and Avvo. If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor offense in Virginia, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Your initial consultation is always free, and you'll talk directly with me about the details of your case.
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