Northern Virginia Criminal Defense Lawyer
Getting convicted of any crime can change your life for the worse forever—sometimes drastically. Get the defense you need by working with a Northern Virginia criminal defense lawyer.
If you’ve been charged with or are wanted for a crime, you already know how thoroughly your life can be up-ended. Unfortunately, things will only get much worse if you are successfully convicted. Depending on the crime you are accused of, you could be looking at a large fine and even jail or prison time.
It doesn’t end there, either. Even after serving your sentence, your life will never be the same. You can lose rights and face significant social and professional hurdles when you have a criminal record. This makes it critical to fight back against your charges, but few people have the practical legal knowledge to do so on their own.
Priale & Racine, PLLC is an experienced criminal defense firm that can help you through this. By working with a Northern Virginia criminal defense lawyer, you’ll have the best chance to see your charges and penalties reduced or dismissed.
If a Warrant Is out for Your Arrest
If you know that a warrant is out for your arrest—even if you’re not clear on what the charge is—it’s best to avoid a public scene by arranging to come in peacefully. A Northern Virginia criminal lawyer from our office can even connect you with a bondsman so that bail can be arranged ahead of time.
This will allow you to avoid the public humiliation of getting arrested at work or somewhere else. You’ll instead be able to come in for your booking and be released on bail soon afterward. This also allows to begin working on your case and collecting the facts right away, which can pay dividends to your case later.
Know What’s at Stake When You’ve Been Charged with a Crime
Just as with anywhere else in America, crimes in Virginia are broken up into misdemeanors and felonies. The severity of the punishment you face will depend on which category the crime you are accused of falls under. Misdemeanors are generally minor infractions with milder punishments, while felonies are gravely serious offenses with a punishment to match.
Both misdemeanors and felonies are further broken up into their own separate levels of severity, and it’s often possible for a Northern Virginia criminal defense lawyer to get your charge reduced to a lower classification, although much depends on the details of your case.
Misdemeanors and Penalties (In Ascending Order of Severity)
- Class 4 – A fine of up to $250
- Class 3 – A fine of up to $500
- Class 2 – Up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, or both
- Class 1 – Up to twelve months in jail, a fine of up to $2,500, or both
Felonies and Penalties (In Ascending Order of Severity)
- Class 6 – A prison sentence of one to five years or twelve months in jail, a fine of up to $2,500, or both
- Class 5 – A prison sentence of one to ten years or twelve months in jail, a fine of up to $2,500, or both
- Class 4 – A prison sentence of two to ten years, a fine of up to $100,000, or both
- Class 3 – A prison sentence of five to twenty years, a fine of up to $100,000, or both
- Class 2 – A prison sentence of twenty years to life in prison, a fine of up to $100,000, or both
- Class 1 – Death or life in prison and a fine of up to $100,000
- The death sentence cannot be applied if the person was under the age of eighteen at the time of the crime or mentally retarded
More at Stake Than Just the Legal Punishments
There’s so much more at stake than just the legal penalties, however. Even after you’ve paid your fine and served your sentence, you’ll find the opportunities available to someone with a criminal record are greatly diminished.
Especially if you become a convicted felon, it becomes incredibly difficult to successfully apply for employment, housing, and even loans. Depending on the crime, you might also lose custody of your kids and only see them during supervised visits.
By fighting against your charges with a Northern Virginia criminal defense lawyer from our firm, you might be able to save your future wellbeing. You have to do everything legally possible to get your life back to normal, and we’re here to help you do that.
Defending Against Criminal Charges
When it comes time to go to court and present your defense, you basically have three options available to you: defend yourself, work with a public defender, or work with a Northern Virginia criminal lawyer.
Many people accused of crimes at least consider defending themselves, but this is never your best course of action. You’ll be faced with a number of unfamiliar courtroom procedures and legal jargon, and you can bet that the prosecution and the judge won’t have any mercy just because you’re unfamiliar with the process.
Even worse is that a prosecutor is unlikely to offer a plea deal if you don’t have representation. Depending on the evidence, a plea deal might be your best option for reduced charges or a lenient sentence, so you want to get the most out of it. The prosecutor simply isn’t going to offer you the best deal—only enough to entice you into accepting it.
Public defenders, while good at what they do, are nearly always overworked and buried under an unrealistic case load. They simply won’t have the time to give your case the careful attention it needs. You must meet certain income requirements besides, eliminating this option for many.
For a defense tailored to your needs, you should always work with an experienced Northern Virginia criminal defense lawyer. We will make your case a priority, gather all of the available evidence that can be used in your defense, and present your case in the most effective way possible. Put simply: we’ll give you the best possible chance for the best possible outcome.
Get Help from a Northern Virginia Criminal Lawyer
You can’t afford to take chances with your life, freedom, and future. Priale & Racine, PLLC is here to give you the best defense possible. We know the local system, and we know the local prosecutors and judges. Put simply: We know what you’re up against and can help you through it.
For a free and confidential consultation with an experienced Northern Virginia criminal defense lawyer, give us a call at 703-272-3922 or complete our contact form at the bottom of the page.