Attorney Stephen B. Plott is an experienced criminal defense attorney who has been trying misdemeanor and felony cases before Virginia juries and in appellate proceedings for over 25 years. His vast experience includes criminal cases ranging from simple possession of drugs to first degree murder. In the past 25 years, Attorney Plott has built a reputation for the meticulous preparation and tenacious defense of every criminal case he takes.
At the Law Office of Stephen B. Plott, PLC, we are dedicated to the aggressive defense of our
clients and providing the highest quality legal services in the follow areas:
- Probation Violations
- “White collar” crimes such as fraud, embezzlement, computer crimes, and forgery.
- Traffic Infractions
- DWI/DUI and DUID Defense
- Reckless Driving
- Driving on a Suspended License
- Drug-Related Crimes
- Alcohol-Related Offenses
Attorney Plott provides aggressive defense against misdemeanor charges including:
- Underage alcohol possession
- Drug Charges
- Destruction of Property
- Assault, Battery
- White collar crimes such as embezzlement, theft, fraud and computer crimes
Although jail time is possible in a misdemeanor case, the greater concern for many first-time offenders is the possibility of a permanent criminal record. A conviction for theft, trespassing, shoplifting or other misdemeanor offense looks bad on a job application and has serious implications for future employment options.
Under Virginia law, misdemeanor criminal offenses are categorized into 4 classes, each with its own range of sentences. Specifically, the four classes of misdemeanors, and the possible sentences are:
- Class 1: up to 12 months in jail and / or a fine of up to $2,500
- Class 2: up to 6 months in jail and / or a fine of up to $1,000
- Class 3: a fine of up to $500
- Class 4: a fine of up to $250
If Virginia law doesn’t specify a specific punishment for a particular misdemeanor, it will be treated as a Class 1 misdemeanor criminal offense.
A felony conviction can result in a loss of basic constitutional rights, including the right to vote and the right to possess a firearm. A felony conviction can also result in a significant sentence of incarceration.
Attorney Stephen B. Plott provides aggressive defense against felony charges including:
- Petit Larceny
- Grand Larceny
- Malicious wounding/unlawful wounding
- Firearm charges
- Criminal Defense
- Drug charges
- Assault and battery
- Sex crimes
- White collar crimes such as embezzlement, theft, fraud, and computer crime
In Virginia, there are six classes of felonies, the maximum sentence for each is specified below:
- Virginia Class 1 felony: death or life imprisonment and possibly, $100,000 fine
- Virginia Class 2 felony: life imprisonment or 20 years in prison and possibly, $100,000 fine
- Virginia Class 3 felony: not less than five, no more than 20 years in prison, and possibly, $100,000 fine
- Virginia Class 4 felony: not less than two years, no more than 10 years in prison, and possibly, $100,000 fine
- Virginia Class 5 felony: not less than one year, no more than 10 years in prison (this charge does carry the possibility of no more than 12 months in jail and no more than $2,500 fine)
- Virginia Class 6 felony: not less than one year, no more than five years in prison (this charge does carry the possibility of no more than 12 months in jail and no more than $2,500 fine)
Criminal defense attorney Stephen B. Plott has been handling felony cases and winning felony cases at trial for over 25 years. He has successfully handled virtually every type of felony charge you might find yourself or a loved one charged with. He is an expert trial attorney and seasoned negotiator. For any questions you may have about a felony charge, contact Attorney Plott directly at (757) 745-7711.