What is my most likely outcome for a first time offense Class 1 misdemeanor?

I have no criminal record. I got charged with a using obscene language over a telephone and sent threatening messages to another girl. Will I go to jail?

Asked on December 29, 2017 under Criminal Law, Virginia


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The authorized punishments in VA for a Class 1 misdemeanor are confinement in jail for not more than one year and a fine of not more than $2500, either or both.
Since you don't have a prior criminal record, it is unlikely that you will receive a jail sentence.  Most likely, you will have to pay a fine and it will be less than the maximum of $2500.

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