After you are arrested and charged with a crime, you should find a criminal defense attorney to help you navigate the legal system. The law is confusing to the layman, but our Fairfax criminal defense lawyer has the experience and knowledge of Virginia and Federal legal system providing the best possible defense. We take on cases for individuals who are charged with serious crimes in the Fairfax region whether it be state or federal, and we have a proven record when it comes to superb legal representation.
Fairfax Criminal Defense Lawyer Helping Clients in Fairfax County
You may need a criminal defense attorney if you have been charged with:
- Assault. Most people who are charged with assault do not understand why, especially since most assault charges are combined with additional battery charges. The legal term “assault” is used to describe the perception of a threat. If person “A” believes person “B” might throw a punch, then person “B” may be charged with assault. Contrary to popular opinion, there no physical contact with the individual who felt threatened is required for an individual to be charged with this crime.
- Battery. This charge is more in line with what people think assault is, but it still does not require bodily harm. When charged with battery, the police believe a person has physically contacted another person in a way that is both offensive and intentional. If the physical contact was violent, a person may be charged with both assault and battery.
- Domestic Violence. This is a serious charge in Virginia, which can result in up to 12 months of imprisonment after a first offense. If charged with domestic violence, a person may have assumed a dominant pattern of behavior over another member of the same household, including a spouse or children. Domestic violence includes both violence and the threat of violence.
- Drug Crimes. Defendants charged with possession, distribution/trafficking, manufacture, or sale of a controlled substance face varying penalties depending on a number of factors, including the type of controlled substance, quantity, and intent. Defendants are often tried at the Federal level, which means they suffer stiffer penalties if convicted.
- DUI/DWI. When arrested for, charged with, and found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a defendant will face one year of administrative license suspension in addition to potentially stiff fines. Further offenses may result in jail time.
- Expungements. Our Fairfax attorney can help expunge the records of those who were arrested and charged with criminal activity but found not guilty of the crime after entering the corresponding plea. Expungements can also be obtained in cases of identity theft, pardons, or when the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office drops the charges before trial.
- Traffic Violations. These include all other traffic infractions such as speeding tickets, driving without a license, insurance, or registration, making an illegal U-Turn, reckless driving, and hit and run collisions. Most traffic infractions are minor and result in a small fine, which our lawyers can help fight. More serious charges will result in steeper penalties, and possibly jail time.
- White Collar Crimes. The umbrella of white-collar crime is used to describe crimes committed for financial gain. It includes fraud, forgery, money laundering, identity theft, embezzlement, extortion, etc.
How State vs Federal Crimes Are Prosecuted
Federal crimes are often prosecuted with more vehemence than state crimes, and convictions usually result in serious prison time in addition to potentially permanent civil rights restrictions. Whenever Congress writes criminal legislation, they include a statutory minimum and maximum penalty for those who are found guilty of the crime. Prosecutors are more likely to seek the stiffest penalties they can in such cases, but judges often have more discretion during sentencing. This is why a good criminal defense can mean the difference between a reduced sentence and a trumped up charge.
How Fairfax Attorneys Defend Criminal Charges in Virginia
When charged and found guilty of a crime, you may be subject to heavy fines and imprisonment. You may find your right to vote and your second amendment right to own a firearm rescinded and your driver’s license revoked. In addition, the social stigma can follow you for the rest of your life.
These are serious consequences, and that’s why you need a lawyer to help you defend against the charges you face. No matter how smart you are, you do not know the law as well as we do. Choosing to forego legal counsel when you are in a courtroom situation will result in the forfeiture of your ability to bargain with the prosecution. You need legal representation, and that’s what we’re here to provide.
How our attorneys defend your case is dependant on a number of factors. If police and prosecutors were able to find irrefutable proof a defendant committed a serious crime, then in many cases it is favorable to bargain with the prosecutor in exchange for a reduced charge or reduced sentencing. It is important to remember that you are innocent until proven guilty, and our lawyers will fight tooth and nail to ensure you receive the best defense possible.
When police and prosecutors fail to discover irrefutable proof a defendant committed a serious crime, then our lawyers will use their extensive knowledge of the law in order to provide you with a vigorous defense in court.
Call Our Fairfax Criminal Defense Attorney Now!
Our qualified team of lawyers is available for free consultation whenever you need us. The criminal justice system is designed to rigorously prosecute those charged with criminal acts, innocent or guilty. We firmly believe in your right to the strongest defense available no matter what your case. We have years of experience successfully defending clients who were charged at both the state and federal level. Our record speaks for itself, so don’t hesitate to fill out the contact form or give us a call now!