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What Are the Punishments for A Class 2 Misdemeanor in Virginia?

The punishment for Class 2 misdemeanors can be found in Virginia Code 18.2-11.:

  • Up to 6 months in jail, and

  • Up to a $1,000 fine

One other thing to know about Class 2 misdemeanors: once you've been convicted, they are permanently on your criminal record. Currently, there's no way to have a criminal conviction expunged from your record in Virginia unless the Governor pardons you. That means when you're charged with a misdemeanor, you're facing a lifetime criminal record if you're convicted. That's why it's important to seek legal advice as soon as you can.

Some Common Class 2 Misdemeanors in Virginia:

1. Driving without a license

2. Second offense Refusal to submit to a breath or blood test

3. Possession of a scheduled IV controlled substance