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Misdemeanor offenses and fake licenses

Residents in Virginia might not always stop to think that a traffic violation could be a criminal offense but that is definitely the case in many situations. A drunk driving conviction is one example of an offense that has both administrative and criminal consequences. 

Activities involving counterfeit drivers’ licenses may also be deemed as criminal actions and prosecuted as such. As explained by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, a person who is found driving with a fake license may be charged with a Class 2 misdemeanor. Interestingly, a person who is found to simply have an alleged fake driver’s license in their possession may be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor, an offense more serious than a Class 2 misdemeanor.

Also deemed a Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia is selling or distributing a fake driver’s license. A person who is accused of lying or otherwise providing false information in order to obtain a driver’s license may be charged with a Class 6 felony.

According to the Code of Virginia, there are four levels of misdemeanor offenses in the state. The least serious is a Class 4 misdemeanor. For this and for Class 3 misdemeanor offenses, defendants may be ordered to pay fines if they are convicted of the charges. For any conviction of a Class 2 or a Class 1 misdemeanor, a person may also have to pay a fine and that fine would likely be higher than the fine for a lower level offense. In addition, jail time may be ordered for persons convicted of Class 1 or 2 offenses.