Difference Between Misdemeanor and Felony Charges in Virginia


Both felonies and misdemeanor charges are punishable, but the difference is just slightly as that felony is considered the most severe crime category, and, misdemeanor are those larceny type charges in where people spend months in prison.

However, in felonies, you may go through imprisonment for up to the rest of life, and in misdemeanor, you may stay in prison for up to months. Although, both charges are considered as a punishable in Virginia and authorities has already made such laws where people can suffer from state to state according to the strength of the crime.

  • Felony

Felony charges are those biggest crimes in where the people commit such crimes like:

  • Rape
  • Murder
  • Physical abuse (or the victim got hurt physically and had some wounds and deep cuts)
  • Mental abuse
  • Battery
  • Sexual assault
  • Child pornography
  • Sex crimes


Felonies are those charges which are connected with the violence and can give physical damages to the victim. The charges are punishable enough for the rest of life.

However, in penalties, the felony charges people can go through 6 classes of felony include:

  1. Class 1 — imprisonment for up to the rest of life with a fine of $100,000.
  2. Class 2 — imprisonment for up to 20 years with a fine of $100,000.
  3. Class 3 — imprisonment for up to 10 years with a fine of $2,500.
  4. Class 4 — imprisonment for up to 5 or more than years with a fine of $2,500.
  5. Class 5/6 — imprisonment for up to 12 months with a fine of $2,500.


Misdemeanor charges include those in which the victim didn’t hurt physically but have mentally destroy such as:

  • Sexual assault
  • Stalking
  • Theft
  • Burglary
  • Aggravated battery
  • Teens sexting
  • Traffic braking rules

These are the charges which can provide the offender a punishment for up to several years in prison not more than that, with a fine as well.

However, in penalties, the person who commits such crime will go through these penalties include:

  1. Class 1 — The most severe misdemeanors under the code section of Virginia Code and the penalty for the imprisonment of up to 12 months, with a fine of $2,500, or even both.
  2. Class 2 — Crimes, for example, possession of drug material, are punishable for the imprisonment of up to six months, with a fine of up to $1,000, or even both.
  3. Class 3 and 4 — The least severe misdemeanors which are punishable for including fines of up to $500 and $250 accordingly, but there would be no prison in such cases.

Difference between felony and misdemeanor

N Virginia, felonies and misdemeanors are considered two different sorts of crime. In which, felony charges and penalties are more severe, and in misconduct, there would be less dangerous charges and penalties.

Misdemeanors are those crimes in where the offender may go through imprisonment for up to maximum 12 months with a fine of up to $2,500 not more than that.

Though, in a felony, the offender may go through life imprisonment with a fine of $100,000.