The Code of Virginia defines criminal offenses and sets penalties. For many offenses the penalty described is a fine. The amount of court costs is set by the General Assembly and the court cannot suspend or waive costs. The General District Court decides cases in which a person is charged with a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is a charge that carries a penalty of no more than one year in jail or a fine up to $2500 or both.
The General District Court holds preliminary hearings in felony cases. A felony is any charge that may be punishable by more than one year in jail.
Below are the most common topics in the Criminal Division. Court employees will assist you when possible, but they are not employed as attorneys and cannot give legal advice.
Most Common Criminal Topics
Listed below are the most requested procedures and forms in the Criminal Division of the General District Court. Please select the topic and the accompanying pages will explain the procedure in detail. If your topic is not in the short list, scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see a link to additional criminal procedures and forms. Content continues to be added to this section.