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“This was my first time dealing with a traffic ticket. Ms. Upton walked me through every step and ended up getting it reduced so that I did not get any points on my license. Highly recommended.”
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Upton Law, PLLC

412 Libbie Ave. Ste 2

Richmond, VA 23226

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Richmond, VA

Being charged with a crime can jeopardize your freedom, your finances, and your future. You could go to jail or prison and face fines and fees that leave you with an overwhelming amount of debt. Your career, your educational opportunities, and your personal and professional relationships may all be at risk. It can be a tough and scary situation.

Richmond criminal defense lawyer Samantha Upton knows what’s at stake for you. You can count on her to give you the honest, straightforward legal advice and skilled representation you need during this difficult time. She will work hard to protect your rights and fight for the best possible outcome for you.

To learn more, contact Upton Law, PLLC today and receive a free and confidential consultation about your case. Our law office is conveniently located in Richmond’s Near West End at the corner of Libbie and Grove. We work with clients throughout Central Virginia as well as clients from other states who face criminal charges or traffic tickets in Virginia.

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“This was my first time dealing with a traffic ticket. Ms. Upton walked me through every step and ended up getting it reduced so that I did not get any points on my license. Highly recommended.”
— Ash

Visit Our Richmond Office

Upton Law, PLLC

412 Libbie Ave. Ste 2

Richmond, VA 23226

804-508-7866

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Common Types of Criminal Offenses

In Richmond, VA, criminal offenses fall into one of two general categories:

Misdemeanors

A misdemeanor typically refers to a less serious type of criminal offense. A misdemeanor conviction carries a potential sentence of not more than one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500. In Virginia, misdemeanors fall into one of four classes, ranging from the most serious misdemeanors in Class 1 to the least serious in Class 4. The maximum sentence possible for a conviction increases with the seriousness attributed to each class of offense.

Although they may be considered less serious than felonies, misdemeanors are still criminal charges. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor, you will have a criminal record. That record could hinder job and school applications.

Richmond criminal defense lawyer Samantha Upton has extensive experience representing people who have been charged with misdemeanors such as:

  • Driving without a license
  • Driving on a Suspended License
  • Possession of a Schedule III or IV controlled substance
  • Public intoxication
  • Underage Possession of Alcohol
  • Having an open alcoholic container in a vehicle

Felonies

Felonies are the most serious crimes under Virginia law. As with misdemeanors, felonies fall into different classes. Class 1 felonies are considered the most serious offenses, while Class 6 felonies are the least serious. Some of the most serious felonies can lead to fines of up to $100,000 and prison sentences that are measured in years.

Examples of crimes charged as felonies in Richmond and throughout Virginia include:

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Arson
  • Kidnapping
  • Aggravated assault
  • Aggravated sexual assault
  • Burglary
  • Petit Larceny 3rd Offense
  • Extortion
  • Embezzlement
  • Grand Larceny
  • Possession of Schedule I/II Substance
  • Drug Distribution
  • Possession of Firearm by Felon
  • Assault on Law Enforcement
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Attorney Samantha Upton has extensive experience handling a broad range of traffic matters and criminal defense cases.

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Need Legal Help?

Attorney Samantha Upton has extensive experience handling a broad range of traffic matters and criminal defense cases.

See All Cases We Handle