Criminal Law

Criminal Law is a legal branch that deals with crime and social conduct, condemning that which is dangerous, threatening or otherwise harmful. Criminal law can vary by state, so be sure to contact your Suffolk and Virginia Beach legal experts at Bush & Taylor with any questions. The purpose of Criminal Law is to keep the public safe and establish punishment in order to deter future offenses.


Lesser crimes are deemed Misdemeanors and, at most, can carry up to one year of local jail time. Examples include first-time drinking and driving, small possession of controlled substance, and petty theft.


Felonies are more serious, and often violent, crimes, resulting in a year or more at a state prison. Examples include burglary, murder and rape, as well as embezzlement and money laundering.

Areas of Criminal Law Include: