Manassas Criminal Lawyer
If you are facing serious criminal charges, a Manassas criminal lawyer is a great asset. When you enter into your legal battle, it’s important to understand what your options are and who is on your side. Even before being formally charged with a crime, if you believe you are being investigated to be charged, consult with an attorney right away. If you’re not sure, contact an attorney. Your Manassas criminal attorney can serve as a guide and support system as you navigate the legal process. They can help you understand how to deal with government investigations and what you should and should not do while dealing with their investigations to avoid incriminating yourself.
When you choose to work with a criminal defense attorney in Manassas, you’re opting for an experienced advocate with an aggressive, no-nonsense approach to defending your interests.
Our attorneys understand how difficult it can be to face criminal charges, and we are dedicated to giving you the defense you need to move past these trying circumstances. It may be tempting to fall back on a court-appointed defense lawyer, but when you call and conduct your free consultation, you’ll quickly realize the many benefits of selecting a lawyer backed by the full resources of a private defense firm. Just a few of the benefits of working with a Manassas criminal lawyer include:
- Having communicative legal counsel who will keep you apprised of any updates with your case
- Knowing that you are going to court with an experienced litigator who is familiar with the nuances of the local court system
- Working with someone whose primary goal is to completely eliminate or reduce to the highest degree possible all charges raised against you
To find out how a Manassas criminal defense attorney from our firm can help you with your particular case, call us today.
Assault & Battery Charges in Manassas
This “crime of violence” can be a simple misdemeanor or a capital offense. Even the threat of violence that makes the victim fear imminent harm is a crime. In Virginia, there are a number of different offenses that can be classified as assault, battery, or both. The simplest form of assault (threat only) is a misdemeanor [Virginia Criminal Code Section 18.2-57]. But if weapons are involved and/or produce serious injury, this felony carries a prison sentence along with a large fine upon conviction [Section 18.2-51.2].
Domestic violence (or “domestic assault & battery”) is another serious offense. Victims can be husbands, wives, children, live-in significant others, roommates, recent cohabitants, anyone with whom you have a child in common, and even visiting relatives. Domestic assault & battery penalties are more severe than most traditional assault & battery convictions [Sections 18.2-57.2 and 18.2-57.3]. If you’re looking to avoid having a serious assault & battery misdemeanor or felony on your record, it’s wise to consult with a Manassas criminal lawyer to determine how to proceed with your defense.
Manassas Theft Charges– Larceny, Robbery, and Burglary
Theft charges in Virginia may be prosecuted as either misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the value of the property taken and the details of the act itself. The threshold amount for a theft to qualify as a felony in Virginia is only $200.00. Punishment for these crimes vary widely. Petit larceny is a class 1 misdemeanor, with jail time of up to 12 months, plus a fine of up to $2,500 [Section 18.2-11]. But felony grand larceny is punishable by up to 20 years in prison [Section 18.2-95] and larger fines.
Theft charges can range from simple concealment or price tag alteration (shoplifting) to burglary [Section 18.2-89], armed robbery [Section 18.2-58], carjacking [Section 18.2-58.1], fraud, and other variations of white-collar theft [Section 18.2-98], [Section 18.2-111].
Additional charges such as assault, battery, unlawfully carrying a firearm, or other offenses produce larger prison sentences (and fines) over and above the penalties for the theft itself, and all who are convicted of any theft charge must reimburse the victims for their losses. Because it’s so easy for a seemingly small theft to be prosecuted as grand larceny, you’ll want to speak with a Manassas criminal lawyer who can advise you on the best course of action and argue to reduce or dismiss the charges against you.
Manassas Drug Crimes
Whether you’ve been charged for possessing only a half-ounce of marijuana, or for distributing controlled substances, drug charges can be very serious. Different types of controlled substances result in a variety of penalties [Section 18.2-250] that can be as serious as life in prison without parole if you’re charged with a serious federal drug crime [21 U.S. Code Section 841(A), (B), (C)]. Even users of marijuana for medical purposes must adhere to clear standards [Section 18.2-251.1]. Those who manufacture or distribute controlled substances in Virginia can spend from five to 40 years in state prison [Section 18.2-248].
Additionally, if the alleged activities traverse state lines or involve certain conspiratorial elements, it’s possible to face federal charges, which can result in extremely serious penalties. In these instances, it helps to work with a Manassas criminal attorney who has experience litigating in federal court.
These are aggressively pursued in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the penalties for these crimes can be especially severe. They include:
All federal child pornography laws carry even steeper penalties than those of the Commonwealth [18 U.S. Code Section 2252A].
Conviction of a Commonwealth or federal sex crime means forced registration as a sex offender, which can result in certain restrictions on where you may live or work, as well as the social stigma that comes from having your name on such a list. By employing the services of a Manassas criminal defense attorney, however, you may be able to fight the sex crimes charges against you and reduce the potential negative impact on your professional and personal life.
DUI and Reckless Driving
Driving while intoxicated by alcohol [Section 18.2-266], under the influence of drugs, or a combination of both is a class I misdemeanor and produces serious penalties in Virginia, even for first time offenders (up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500) and in all cases of conviction now results in the required installation of an ignition interlock device (IID). Repeat offenders who clearly exceed the intoxication threshold of a 0.08% blood alcohol content (BAC) and drivers who have minors in the vehicle face even steeper jail time and fines. A DUI conviction also comes with an automatic suspension of your driver’s license for one year if you are a Virginia resident.
Reckless driving is a group of serious driving offenses [Section 46.2-852–865] that can also result in jail time, up to a year, and as much as a $2,500 fine for a first offense. Those convicted of reckless driving could also have their driving privileges suspended for up to six months. There can even be additional penalties if an accident occurs that injures or kills a victim, or if the driver was texting and driving recklessly.
Hiring a Manassas Criminal Lawyer
Criminal charges are not something that anyone should be required to face alone. That’s why the criminal defense attorneys at our firm are standing by to use their years of litigation experience to defend you in your time of need. We believe in crafting a personalized defense strategy for every client we serve and aggressively advocating for their rights in court and at every phase of representation. For those that live out-of-state, it is especially helpful to hire a local attorney that has experience with and understands the workings of local law enforcement and jurisdictional rules. If you want to explore the proven benefits of working with a Manassas criminal lawyer, call today to complete your free initial consultation.