Frequently Asked Questions
If you have been charged with a crime in Virginia, you should speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. Even if you decide not to hire a lawyer, you’ll still be better informed about your legal options and what to expect in the coming days.
An arrest for a juvenile crime in Virginia is a very serious matter. Don’t think that it will go away on its own: contact a juvenile crimes lawyer as soon as possible. Taking action immediately may prevent your child from being convicted in the future.
Following an arrest in Virginia or any other state in the Union, you have the right to be defended by an attorney. Under the 5th amendment to the US Constitution, you also have the right to remain silent when questioned by law enforcement authorities in order to avoid self-incrimination.
The consequences of a conviction vary widely depending on the charge and the circumstances involved, but in general, individuals convicted of crimes can expect to face possible prison time, fines and fees, community service, drug, and alcohol counseling, loss of driving privileges, and other penalties.
If you cannot afford a personal attorney, you are entitled to be represented by a public defender or court-appointed lawyer, but keep in mind that public defenders and court-appointed lawyers, however well-intentioned or skillful they may be, are sometimes overwhelmed with their caseload and, may be unable to give your case the attention you think it deserves. Some defendants have only a brief opportunity to confer with their public defender or court-appointed lawyer, and even then this meeting may be conducted in the hallway just before a court appearance. However, many of these lawyers are so experienced that they need very little time to learn what they need to know to properly represent you. There are many really good lawyers serving as public defenders and as court- appointed lawyers. Many are bright, hard-working and skilled lawyers and the criminal justice system is lucky to have them.
Some traffic crimes can result in license suspension, jail time, and heavy fines for those convicted. Under such circumstances, hiring an aggressive traffic crimes attorney may well be worth the price.
In Virginia, where citizens may often find themselves on the George Washington Memorial Parkway, at the Pentagon, or on another Federal territory such as Ft. Myer or Ft. Belvoir, it’s not difficult to find yourself being charged with a Federal crime due to an arrest for alleged drug possession, DUI, or domestic violence. If you are facing Federal charges, it’s in your best interest to speak with a Federal crimes attorney as soon as possible.