Any criminal matter is a serious one, but this is especially true when felony charges are involved. In Virginia, as in other states, a felony charge can mean lengthy prison sentences and significant fines for those convicted. A felony conviction can substantially compromise an individual’s future educational and employment opportunities as well as strip him or her of basic rights, including their right to vote, to hold public office, to sit on a jury, or even to own a firearm. If you face felony charges in the Commonwealth of Virginia and don’t know where to turn, pick up the phone and call B.R. Hicks to speak with an aggressive criminal defense attorney today.
With a background in law enforcement and a track record of success on behalf of his clients, he has the expertise and dedication you need to help you fight your charges. No matter how dire your circumstances may appear, please don’t assume all is lost until you talk to him. Call his Fairfax County office today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced, capable, and award-winning Virginia felony lawyer.
In the Commonwealth of Virginia, felonies are divided into six classes according to the relative severity of the crimes involved. The most serious crimes are considered Class 1—capital offenses. Class 6 felonies, on the other hand, are punishable by prison sentences lasting between one and five years, or jail sentences of up to 12 months and/or fines of up to $2,500. Although you should certainly speak to a felony crimes attorney to learn more about how the law may apply to your own case, keep in mind that any felony conviction, regardless of the crime involved, is likely to have significant and lasting consequences on a person’s life. Don’t take chances with your future if you’ve been arrested for a felony. Pick up the phone and call B.R. Hicks, a former prosecutor, to advocate for your rights at every step of the legal process. Even if he can’t win your felony case outright, he can often find ways to get the charges reduced to misdemeanors, which carry fewer long-reaching consequences.
Examples of crimes that can be prosecuted as felonies in the Commonwealth of Virginia include murder, rape, robbery, arson, sexual assault, abduction (kidnapping), manslaughter, drug crimes, tax crimes, white-collar crimes, and DUI (when multiple previous DUI offenses are involved). Remember that many crimes that would be prosecuted as felonies under state law are prosecuted as federal crimes if they occurred on federal territory, including the Pentagon, Fort Belvoir, and the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Federal crimes are different matters entirely, and an indictment for a federal crime can ruin an individual’s life even if no conviction ever occurs. If you are charged with a felony, call B.R. Hicks today to get started with a trusted felony criminal defense attorney.