Criminal law is sometimes referred to as penal law because it is related to crimes defined by law, and may involve financial penalties and/or imprisonment. Criminal law cases may be brought against the accused for a misdemeanor or felony offenses – everything from violating a dog leash law to committing homicide.
When a person is accused of transgressing a criminal law, legal services are essential to the defense of the accused. The accused selects an attorney to represent him before the court. The defense attorney’s job is to establish reasonable doubt as to the accused’s guilt, thus achieving an acquittal of the charge. In cases where a guilty verdict is rendered by a judge or jury, the defense attorney strives to minimize the financial penalty and/or term of imprisonment for the defendant. In cases where no viable defense is available, the defense attorney’s job is to negotiate the best possible plea bargain with the Commonwealth Attorney.
Criminal law involves the defense of a person accused of such infractions as:
- Federal Criminal Defense in the 4th Circuit, Eastern District of Virginia
- Serious Felony and Misdemeanor Defense
- Possession of Marijuana and Scheduled Drugs
- (drinking under the influence)
- Traffic Infractions
- Reckless Driving/Speeding
- Suspended License
- Juvenile Offenses
- Assault, malicious wounding, homicide
- Destruction of personal or public property
- Financial Crimes
- (such as embezzlement and tax evasion)
- (including burglary and robbery)
- Sexual Assault or Rape
- Motor Vehicle Violations
The list is endless. From minor crimes to serious ones, the accused is always guaranteed representation by a criminal lawyer.
What to Expect…
• A detailed analysis of the facts of your particular case to determine what defenses you may have
• Conversations with the local Commonwealth Attorneys regarding your case
• The best possible outcome given your case’s particular fact pattern
• A vigorous defense before either a judge or jury