In Virginia, those charged with a crime may be eligible for a deferred finding. The deferred finding process allows someone charged with a crime to plead guilty to that crime in exchange for an opportunity to complete judge-appointed tasks to have their charge dropped. Although there are a variety of charges that qualify for a deferred finding, the classification of the crime will impact a judge’s decision to grant a deferred finding.
Misdemeanors & Deferred Findings
Generally speaking, someone charged with a misdemeanor is more likely to receive a deferred finding when compared to someone charged with a felony. However, the charge itself is often more important than the charge’s classification in regards to deferred finding eligibility.
For example, someone charged with a misdemeanor concerning physical endangerment (such as simple assault) is less likely to receive a deferred finding when compared to someone charged with a misdemeanor concerning economic goods (such as petty theft.)
However, the classification and charge of the crime in question is not as important as the defense’s ability to discuss the case from every angle. Therefore, in regards to obtaining a deferred finding, experienced representation, like JRLaw, can go a long way.
Felonies & Deferred Findings
As previously stated, someone charged with a felony is generally less likely to receive a deferred finding for their case when compared to someone charged with a misdemeanor. Additionally, the classification of the felony can impact one’s eligibility for a deferred finding (a class 1 felony charge is less likely to receive a deferred finding when compared to a class 3 felony charge.)
However, the representation fighting for the defense is another important factor in securing a deferred finding.
If you or a loved one have been charged with a crime and are looking for a deferred finding result, hiring tested and experienced representation is one of the best steps towards a desirable outcome. Call (757) 447-0080 now for a free consultation concerning your case!