If you have been arrested for a criminal offense in Virginia, you probably have important questions about the justice process you are about to undertake. You owe it to yourself to seek out an attorney who can skillfully answer all of your questions, who can provide you with wise legal advice, and who can build a strong defense to protect you from the unnecessary consequences of a criminal conviction. A Quantico criminal attorney is committed to protecting the rights of criminal defendants throughout Prince William County, Virginia. By carefully evaluating, investigating, and analyzing the details of your case and relevant law, Ms. Naum can uncover effective options for defense against misdemeanor or felony charges.
Experienced Quantico Criminal Attorney
If you have been arrested on a misdemeanor or felony complaint, finding an experienced Quantico criminal attorney to represent you in court can make a world of difference in the result of your case. An attorney has the knowledge and legal prowess to dispute the prosecution’s evidence and to stand up for your rights as a defendant. Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, a criminal defense lawyer can protect you from illegal search strategies and investigative techniques that infringe upon your rights and allow unjust prosecution. A criminal attorney is dedicated to fighting tenaciously to bring your case to the best possible outcome, whether that means negotiating for a lesser charge and reduced sentence or aggressively pursuing a dismissal or acquittal.
Criminal Charges in Virginia
The severity of a particular crime determines whether it will be prosecuted as a felony or a misdemeanor. In some cases, a crime may be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony depending on the presence or lack of aggravating factors, such as use of a weapon in the commission or a crime, the damages a victim incurs, or repeat offenses. Generally considered a lesser crime, misdemeanors include most first-offense charges of drug possession, driving under the influence (DUI), and reckless driving, and are punishable by one year or less in jail. A felony, considered a more serious crime, is punishable by more than one year in prison. Our criminal attorneys offer legal representation to criminal defendants in Prince William County. Our legal team can serve individuals accused of crimes including:
- Assault and Aggravated Assault
- Domestic Violence or Assault and Battery against a Family Member
- Drug Possession and Drug Distribution
- DUI and Reckless Driving
- Prostitution and Solicitation
- Reckless Driving
- Sex Crimes, Sexual Assault, Rape
- Theft, Shoplifting, Burglary, and Robbery
- Traffic Crimes, such as Driving While Suspended and Driving without Registration
Whether you are facing a misdemeanor, felony, or traffic crime, your lawyer can use the full force of his knowledge and resources to provide quality legal defense against your charge.
Assault and Battery
These are crimes in which one person injures – or threatens to injure – another to some degree. There are a variety of offenses that can be charged, including simple (misdemeanor) Assault and Battery [Virginia Criminal Code § 18.2-57].The consequences for any assault conviction depend on the defendant’s motives and how seriously the victim is wounded. If a weapon is used or other felony offenses occur during the assault enhanced penalties may apply to produce a prison sentence of up to 20 years. If an assault is charged as a hate crime [V.C.C. § 52-8.5], more prison time is added.
Theft, Robbery and Burglary
Larceny charges could be charged either as a misdemeanor petit larceny [V.C.C. § 18.2-96] (if the value of the property stolen is under $200) or felony grand larceny [V.C.C. § 18.2-95] (if the item’s value is over $200). Robbery is theft involving interaction with a victim [V.C.C. § 18.2-58]. Burglary is a crime pertaining to the theft of property by breaking into a home or business. Often, the victims of burglary aren’t aware of the crime until after it’s happened [V.C.C. § 18.2-89].
But there can be enhanced minimum sentences, and additional prison time assessed if a weapon is used in the commission of any form of larceny or when confrontation occurs and the victim is injured or killed.
Quantico Crime Statistics and Court Information
Seven thefts – one of them an auto theft – were reported in Quantico in 2011, the latest reporting period according to the Virginia State Police. There were five registered sex offenders living in Quantico as of August 2014.
Quantico, as part of Prince William County, is served by the courts of the 31st Virginia Judicial District: the Circuit Court, General District Court, and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. The Circuit Court is the highest trial court where one chief judge and four presiding judges hear cases. All jury trials occur in Circuit Court.
The General District Court hears the following types of cases:
- Traffic violations
- Many juvenile cases
- Non-jury misdemeanor criminal cases
- Preliminary hearings prior to trial in Circuit Court
Both courts are located at the Prince William County Government Center: 9311 Lee Avenue in Manassas.
How a Quantico Criminal Lawyer Can Help
Our criminal defense attorneys represent defendants before Prince William General District Court at 9311 Lee Avenue in Manassas, Virginia. To find out how an attorney can help you in your criminal case, call today to schedule a free, no-risk consultation. The sooner you have proven legal assistance in your corner, the greater your chance of a satisfactory case conclusion. Do not delay in getting the help you need. Call today.