Criminal Defense

Being charged with a crime is a serious matter.  You could face jail time, fines, or other implications.  These charges can also have negative short- and long-term effects on your insurance, your employment, and your credit.  You need to take care of yourself and know all of your options.  With more than 10 years of combined legal experience, we at Richmond Law Group are committed to giving you professional service at a time when you need it most.  We take pride in the assurance that all of our clients are knowledgeable and informed of the charges that they are facing and the options they have.

Criminal charges vary widely, from simple possession of marijuana or domestic assault to serious federal drug or sex crimes.  The criminal defense practice at Richmond Law Group has successfully defended against crimes of every sort, and across northern Virginia.  Crimes are divided into two categories: misdemeanors, which are punishable by a year or less in jail, and felonies, which are punishable by more than a year, and as much as a life sentence or the death penalty, depending on the crime.

While Richmond Law Group handles all types of criminal cases, some of the types of cases we see most frequently are drug crimes, theft crimes, and crimes against the person.

Drug Crimes

Drug crimes are classified as either misdemeanors or felonies based on the type of drug, the amount, and what was done with it.  They range from simple possession to distribution or trafficking of high-end controlled drugs.  Upon conviction of a drug offense, possible sentences include fines, license suspension, and jail time.

Any number of circumstances can lead to drug charges. Many begin as a result of traffic stops. Others occur when a defendant unwittingly sells or gives contraband drugs to an undercover police officer or confidential informant.  A knowledgeable defense attorney may be able to challenge the search or seizure, or the stop if a vehicle was involved.  Speaking with a lawyer soon after a drug arrest is important, as certain rights – such as the right to have the substance tested by a lab – may be waived if not exercised in a timely fashion.

Theft Crimes

Whether money or property are involved, theft crimes fall into a category known as crimes of moral turpitude – those crimes involving lying, cheating, or stealing.  A conviction for such a crime has a lasting impact on both a criminal record and a person’s ethical character.  Even if jail time is avoided, a conviction can still mean fewer job prospects and a lower earning capacity in the future.

From petit larceny involving just trinkets, to embezzlement of thousands of dollars, to home invasion robbery charges, the experienced attorneys at Richmond Law Group have handled all types of theft charges.  Contact us today to schedule a time to discuss the facts of your case, and how we can defend you.

Crimes Against the Person

Crimes in which a person is injured or victimized fall into a category known as crimes against the person.  Violent crimes range from assault to malicious wounding or murder, but this genre also covers sex crimes such as sexual assault, carnal knowledge, or rape.

Depending on the facts, such crimes may be charged as misdemeanors or as felonies, and the punishments on conviction of many crimes against the person involve mandatory jail time.  Contact the attorneys at Richmond Law Group today to start preparing your defense against such charges.

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