Criminal Attorney Fairfax
If you have been charged with a crime in Virginia you face more than fines or jail time, you face the potential for a permanent criminal record that can affect every aspect of your life from employment to education to obtaining loans or renting an apartment. In Virginia, there are two main classifications of crimes: misdemeanor and felony. A misdemeanor carries a potential jail sentence of 12 months or less while a felony carries a potential jail sentence of one year or more. Whether a crime is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depends on the type of crime as well as any aggravating circumstances. For example, a larceny charge (stealing) can be a misdemeanor if the value of the item stolen is less than $200, or a felony if the value is $200 or more. Similarly, a DUI is charged as a misdemeanor for a first or second offense, or a felony if it is a third or subsequent offense. Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or a felony, it is important to hire a competent attorney to achieve the best result possible in your particular case. It is also important to speak to an attorney before making any oral or written statements to the police.
Our attorneys are experienced in handling a variety of criminal cases including:
• Drug crimes including possession, distribution, manufacturing, transporting, etc.
• Assault and Battery, malicious wounding, unlawful wounding, aggravated malicious wounding
• Petty Larceny, Grand Larceny
• Traffic offenses including DUI, reckless driving, and driving on a suspended/revoked license
As soon as we are hired on a criminal case we file a motion for discovery which requires the prosecutor to tell us what evidence they have against our client. This can include statements of the defendant, statements of witnesses, signed confessions, pictures, video, and other evidence. If there is more information to be gathered we can hire a private investigator to dig deeper into the case. We also research the pertinent law to see if there is any loophole in the statute or recent case law that can help our client. Based on the information gathered prior to the trial date and in court on the day of trial, we are able to evaluate a case and advise our clients whether it is in their best interests to take a plea deal or go to trial. However, the ultimate decision belongs to the client.