Alexandria Criminal Defense Lawyer
You should do everything legally possible to avoid a criminal conviction, as a record can follow you for the rest of your life. Get the defense that could see your charge dismissed or reduced by working with an Alexandria criminal defense lawyer.
Being accused of a crime can put you in an extremely difficult situation. Long before a verdict—whether a conviction or an acquittal—is reached, being charged with a crime can put everything on the line that you’ve worked for your entire life.
While it’s not easy to take a criminal defense case to court, it’s important that the case be handled with the utmost care. It’s vital to know what you’re up against—the charges you’re facing and the consequences they carry—and employ a defense with the aim of reducing those charges and possibly having them dropped completely.
An Alexandria criminal defense lawyer from Priale & Racine, PLLC will work to investigate your case and determine the best way to have the charges leveled against you mitigated or dropped.
Options for Your Defense
After being accused of a crime, many defendants are tempted to act as their own defense. However, this is a dangerous proposition. Many prosecutors will not consider negotiating—much less offering—a plea deal with someone who is representing him or herself.
In the best-case self-defense scenario, a defendant would sign a plea deal put forth by someone with years of legal experience and an in-depth knowledge of the law. Such a deal is unlikely to represent your best interests.
Another option available for some defendants is representation by a public defender. However, this too carries significant risk. While public defenders are skilled and highly passionate, they may be severely over-worked and unable to dedicate full attention to your case. In addition, many people do not meet the income requirements that would make them eligible for public defender representation anyway.
Your best option for avoiding a prison sentence or getting the most lenient sentence possible is to hire an Alexandria criminal defense lawyer. Our firm will handle all aspects of your case, from filing court documents to handling plea deal negotiations to managing time in the courtroom. While being charged with a crime can be an overwhelming and isolating experience, an Alexandria criminal lawyer will be a partner to you every step of the way and available to provide advice and assurance when you need it most.
Types of Crimes and Their Consequences
Crimes are categorized into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are defined as minor wrongdoings, while felonies constitute a more serious category and involve more severe legal ramifications.
Your Alexandria criminal defense lawyer will explain the charges brought against you and how various charges can overlap with one another and affect possible punishments. Our ultimate goal is to have these charges lessened or dropped.
In Virginia, misdemeanors can fall under one of four categories:
- Class 1 misdemeanors can carry a fine of $2,500, twelve months in jail, or both
- Class 2 misdemeanors can result in a $1,000 fine, six months in jail, or both
- Class 3 misdemeanors carry a maximum penalty of a $500 fine
- Class 4 misdemeanors may result in a fine of $250
Felonies carry the following possible punishments:
- Class 1 felonies carry possible punishments of either death or life imprisonment, a $100,000 fine, or both if the defendant was over the age of eighteen at the time the crime was committed
- Class 2 felonies can result in imprisonment of twenty years to life, a fine of $100,000, or both
- Class 3 felonies may result in five to twenty years in prison, a $100,000 fine, or both
- Class 4 felonies carry a possibility of two to ten years in prison, a $100,000 fine, or both
- Class 5 felonies can result in one to ten years in prison or twelve months in jail, a $2,500 fine, or both
- Class 6 felonies can result in one to five years in prison or twelve months in jail, a $2,500 fine, or both
Other Consequences of Being Convicted of a Crime
While the legal consequences attending a conviction of a criminal charge are significant, there are non-legal consequences, as well. Even if you do not expect imprisonment, being convicted of a crime can be stigmatizing and cost you friends and family. In addition, a criminal conviction can make life functions such as getting a job, a car, or a place to live much more difficult.
An Alexandria criminal defense lawyer can be an invaluable partner working to reduce or have your charges dropped so that you may have a shot at a free and secure future.
Help with Other Legal Matters of Criminal Law
In addition, an Alexandria criminal defense lawyer from our firm can help with other matters, such as navigating what to do if there is a warrant out for your arrest. Few situations are more stressful than this, and we can work with the police to arrange for you to come to the precinct a way that exposes you to the least public embarrassment possible. We can also make certain that you are fully informed of what the charges against you are, so that we can begin working on your case immediately.
Expungement is another matter that we can help you with. While the situations in which you can qualify to have a charge expunged from your record are limited and must meet strict criteria, your Alexandria criminal lawyer can examine your case and inform you of whether an expungement request is likely to be successful and how to go about it.
Finally, we can also help you with issues involving meeting bail and dealing with probation and possible violations of your parole. There are a number of situations in which you could accidentally violate your probation, and we can help you through them so that you get the best outcome possible.
Contact an Alexandria Criminal Lawyer
If you’ve been charged with a crime, there is still hope to clear your name and protect your future. Contact Priale & Racine, PLLC today. Our practice is fully dedicated to helping people in unfortunate situations, and we can help you deal with whatever legal trouble you’re facing.
Schedule a free and confidential consultation with an Alexandria criminal defense lawyer to find out what the best option available is. Simply call 703-272-3922 or use the online contact form below to get started with your case.