Our criminal defense practice focuses on obtaining the best outcome possible for those charged with criminal offenses. From simple misdemeanors to serious felonies, our team will work with you to understand the charge against you, investigate the evidence, and determine the best way to avoid some or all criminal penalties. We work with our clients from the very beginning, counseling them on police interactions, scheduling bond hearings, reviewing the commonwealth’s evidence, and preparing for trial. We also consider and advise our clients on the possibility of a plea bargain with the Commonwealth, and where appropriate negotiate such agreements on their behalf.
Criminal offenses involving allegations involving fraud, embezzlement, computer crimes, and other business-related crimes require special counsel that understand the complex legal issues arising in such circumstances to provide a solid defense. As a part of our business counseling practice, we also help our clients defend and investigate all manner of white collar and businesses crimes.
Law enforcement has an obligation to obtain evidence of a crime in a lawful manner by respecting a suspect’s rights under the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Our attorneys have experience arguing complex constitutional violations and seeking the exclusion or suppression of evidence obtained by police in violation of the law.
Sometimes, an error occurs at a criminal trial, like providing an improper jury instruction, admitting suppressible or inadmissible evidence, or committing some other legal error. Our criminal appeals practice focuses on recognizing and correcting these errors at the Court of Appeals of Virginia, the Supreme Court of Virginia, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.