Arlington Criminal Defense Lawyer
Few things can be as damaging to your future as a criminal conviction. Whether the charge is a misdemeanor or a felony, you have to fight against it, and an Arlington criminal defense lawyer can help you do just that.
If you’ve been accused of a crime, you’re at risk of losing everything you’ve worked for. Besides the potential legal consequences, there is also the stigma attached to being charged with a crime before a jury verdict is even reached. You risk losing family and friends, your good name, ability to find meaningful work or a place to live, custody of your children, and so much more.
Although taking criminal defense cases to court is not easy, it’s important to have a legal advocate who is experienced in criminal law and will fully support you through this time. A strong legal ally will partner with you and fully explain the charges—and potential consequences—you are up against. The goal is always to get these charges reduced or dismissed entirely.
An Arlington criminal defense lawyer with Priale & Racine, PLLC will fully investigate your case and give you the best possible representation. From misdemeanors to felonies, we can help you build the best defense for your unique case.
Defense Options After Being Charged with a Crime
After being accused of a crime, you may be wondering if you’ll be able to defend yourself in court. This can be very dangerous. Many prosecutors will not even consider a plea deal when a defendant does not have professional representation. If you are offered a plea deal in this scenario, it will be written by someone with decades of legal experience who knows that you likely won’t be able to tell how good the deal actually is.
Another defense option is representation by a public defender. However, many people do not meet the income requirements, ruling out that potential option. Additionally, a public defender might be good at his or her job, but the defender will likely be significantly overworked and unable to give due time and attention to each case assigned to him or her.
Hiring an Arlington criminal defense lawyer is your best option for avoiding a prison sentence or for getting the most lenient sentence possible. An Arlington criminal lawyer from our firm will know just what you’re up against and how difficult this time period may be. We know the ins and outs of Virginia criminal law and our firm has decades of combined experience helping people regain their lives after being charged with a crime.
Misdemeanors, Felonies, and Potential Punishments
Every crime is categorized as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Misdemeanors are defined as minor wrongdoings, punishable by one year of incarceration or less. Felonies are regarded as more serious, and so are the consequences: heavy fines, one or more years imprisonment, or even the death penalty.
Misdemeanors are broken up into several different classes of severity:
- Class 1 Misdemeanors – Fine of $2,500, twelve months in jail, or both
- Class 2 Misdemeanors – $1,000 fine, six months in jail, or both
- Class 3 Misdemeanors – Maximum penalty of a $500 fine
- Class 4 Misdemeanors – Possible fine of $250
Felonies are likewise broken up into their own distinct classes:
- Class 1 Felonies – Possible punishments of death or life imprisonment, a $100,000 fine, or both
- Class 2 Felonies – Possible imprisonment of twenty years to life, a fine of $100,000, or both
- Class 3 Felonies – Possible five to twenty years in prison, a $100,000 fine, or both
- Class 4 Felonies – Possible two to ten years in prison, a $100,000 fine, or both
- Class 5 Felonies – One to ten years in prison or twelve months in jail, a $2,500 fine, or both
- Class 6 Felonies – One to five years in prison or twelve months in jail, a $2,500 fine, or both
Your Arlington criminal defense lawyer will explain all the charges against you, as well as what penalty the prosecution is likely to seek. We won’t let you go into your trial without knowing everything you’re up against.
Other Negative Consequences of a Criminal Conviction
Being charged with a crime impacts your life in many ways before you ever set foot in a courtroom. You may lose relationships. A criminal charge can be brought against you in divorce proceedings and cause you to lose custody of your children. You may lose your job, ability to find work, and be unable to qualify for a car loan, an apartment lease, and anything else that asks if you have a criminal record.
Your Arlington criminal defense lawyer understands this and will be a partner working with you in order to get the charges you’re facing lessened or dropped so that you can have a secure future.
Help with Arrests, Warrants, Probation, and More
Our firm can do more than just help you beat criminal charges. An Arlington criminal lawyer from our firm will also be able to help you with any of the following matters:
Arrests and Warrants
Knowing that a warrant is out for your arrest is bad enough, but getting arrested at work or virtually anywhere public can compound the impact to your personal and professional lives. We can act as a go-between with you and the police so that your warrant situation is resolved without the public humiliation.
Probation and Parole Violations
Your Arlington criminal defense lawyer can also help you with probation issues. If you ‘re out on parole and think you’ve violated it, we can help you resolve the situation so that you get the most positive outcome possible.
If you have a loved one who’s been arrested but don’t have the money to make bail, we can help you coordinate with a bail bondsman so that your loved one can get out of jail and we can begin the real work on the case.
Contact an Arlington Criminal Lawyer
If you’re facing criminal charges, you can’t give up. Priale & Racine, PLLC is an experienced criminal defense firm, and we’ve helped people charged with crimes from all over Northern Virginia overcome the legal challenges ahead of them.
From the moment you first speak with us, our primary goal is getting you free and clear of the charges against you. Schedule your free and confidential consultation with an Arlington criminal defense lawyer by calling 703-272-3922 today. Alternatively, you can also use the online contact form found at the bottom of this page.