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Virginia law is tough on all types of crime, and law enforcement officers aggressively pursue suspects. According to the Virginia Department of Police Crime Reports, police arrest around 187,400 people every year for offenses ranging from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies. You could face harsh penalties, including fines, jail time, and probation if convicted. Plus, certain criminal records will follow you for years or the rest of your life, leading to collateral consequences you did not expect.

As such, the best way to avoid these penalties is to mount a solid defense and develop effective strategies for fighting the charges. Hampton Injury Law PLC is dedicated to protecting your rights throughout the criminal process, so please contact us to set up a case evaluation with a Virginia criminal law attorney. We will review the details of your case and provide specific information on our legal services and how we may be able to help you.

Representation in a Wide Range of Criminal Cases

An experienced defense lawyer can assist with fighting felony or misdemeanor charges if you were arrested for:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  • Reckless driving, such as excessive speeding, drag racing, and street racing;
  • Other traffic offenses, license suspensions, and driving on a suspended license;
  • Drug offenses, including possession, distribution, and trafficking in controlled substances;
  • Assault, battery, sexual offenses, and other violent crimes, including aggravated versions of violent offenses;
  • Property crimes, such as theft, robbery, burglary, and various forms of fraud offenses; and,
  • Weapons charges, including unlawful possession and illegal use of firearms and other dangerous weapons.

Types of Defenses to Criminal Charges

The initial strategy in most criminal matters is attacking the government’s case, since the prosecutor must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to obtain a conviction. By exposing weaknesses in the evidence, witness testimony, and arguments, it may be possible to prevent the prosecution from meeting its burden. Additional defenses vary based on the crime, but examples include the following:

  • Self-defense;
  • Lack of knowledge;
  • Unlawful search and seizure;
  • Police misconduct; and,
  • Many others.

A strong defense could lead to dismissal of the case or acquittal at trial, but you may also benefit from plea bargaining to resolve the charges. Our attorneys will help you explore the best options for your case.

Legal Help for Avoiding Harsh Penalties

Misdemeanors in Virginia are punishable by up to a year in jail, but a conviction for a felony could mean several years’ incarceration. Hampton Injury Law PLC can provide essential legal support for your defense, taking on such tasks as:

  • Represent you at arraignment to address the charges and make bail arrangements;
  • Gathering evidence and reviewing the facts;
  • Appearing in court;
  • Filing and defending motions;
  • Advocating on your behalf at trial, including presenting arguments, evidence, and witnesses that favor your position.

Set Up a Case Evaluation with a Virginia Criminal Law Attorney Right Away

If you were arrested, it is wise to get an experienced defense lawyer on your side as early on in the criminal process as possible. For more information on how Hampton Injury Law PLC can help, please contact us today. We can schedule a case evaluation to review details and determine a strategy.

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