Manassas Criminal Defense Lawyers

September 28, 2018 admin

AGGRESSIVE ATTORNEYS YOU CAN TRUST

Several of the attorneys at the Reed Law Firm specialize in criminal defense.  We routinely represent defendants charged with various crimes in Manassas, Prince William County, and throughout Northern Virginia.  The defense attorneys at our office bring the benefit of their unique perspective, knowledge, and experience to each and every case that they handle. Our attorneys are known as aggressive, zealous advocates for their clients in all criminal cases, which can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of your case.

Manassas Criminal Law Attorneys | The Reed Law Firm

We understand that being arrested is a frightening and helpless experience. This is why we make ourselves accessible and available for a free consultation to answer any and all questions you may have regarding your case. Our attorneys will work diligently to ensure that you understand how to prepare for your defense to arrive at the best possible outcome.

WHY HIRE A LOCAL ATTORNEY?

Hiring a local criminal defense attorney can offer you a substantial advantage in a criminal proceeding. Our attorneys are familiar with the judges and the prosecutors likely to be assigned to your case. This allows us to provide you accurate and reliable information about how your case can be successfully defended.  Hiring an outsider may save you a few bucks, but could cost you in the long run.

VIRGINIA CRIMINAL LAWS & PENALTIES

Each state has its own criminal laws.  Our attorneys have a comprehensive understanding of the Virginia criminal code that allows us to accurately evaluate every case.  Criminal charges are generally separated into two categories: felonies and misdemeanors. Depending upon the specific circumstances of your case, you may have one or more charges.  In some cases involving multiple criminal charges, you may find yourself facing both felonies and misdemeanors.  Our attorneys will help you to figure out what you are being accused of, what the Commonwealth must prove, and how to defend yourself.

In Virginia, penalties for misdemeanors are generally defined in Section 18.2-11 of the Virginia Code.  The range of punishments for misdemeanors are as follows:

(a) For Class 1 misdemeanors, confinement in jail for not more than twelve months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both.

(b) For Class 2 misdemeanors, confinement in jail for not more than six months and a fine of not more than $1,000, either or both.

(c) For Class 3 misdemeanors, a fine of not more than $500.

(d) For Class 4 misdemeanors, a fine of not more than $250.

Felony charges are treated differently than misdemeanors for purposes of punishment.  The following is the range of penalties possible on a felony in Virginia:

(a) For Class 1 felonies, death, if the person so convicted was 18 years of age or older at the time of the offense and is not determined to be mentally retarded pursuant to § 19.2-264.3:1.1, or imprisonment for life and, subject to subdivision (g), a fine of not more than $100,000. If the person was under 18 years of age at the time of the offense or is determined to be mentally retarded pursuant to § 19.2-264.3:1.1, the punishment shall be imprisonment for life and, subject to subdivision (g), a fine of not more than $100,000.

(b) For Class 2 felonies, imprisonment for life or for any term not less than 20 years and, subject to subdivision (g), a fine of not more than $100,000.

(c) For Class 3 felonies, a term of imprisonment of not less than five years nor more than 20 years and, subject to subdivision (g), a fine of not more than $100,000.

(d) For Class 4 felonies, a term of imprisonment of not less than two years nor more than 10 years and, subject to subdivision (g), a fine of not more than $100,000.

(e) For Class 5 felonies, a term of imprisonment of not less than one year nor more than 10 years, or in the discretion of the jury or the court trying the case without a jury, confinement in jail for not more than 12 months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both.

(f) For Class 6 felonies, a term of imprisonment of not less than one year nor more than five years, or in the discretion of the jury or the court trying the case without a jury, confinement in jail for not more than 12 months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both.

In addition to the above, some crimes carry with them, specifically defined penalties.  Our attorneys can help you understand the range of sentences that you may be facing if convicted and will be prepared to suggest the best course of action to minimize your personal exposure.

Don’t Delay Hiring an Attorney!

Delaying contact with an attorney can potentially jeopardize the defense of your case.  Once retained, our attorneys can assist you in gathering and preserving evidence to be used in your case.  This can include police reports, witness statements, videos and 911 calls. In some instances, we can even help you to prevent criminal charges from being filed against you!

We specialize in the defense of the following crimes:

At The Reed Law Firm, we know that the best defense is a good offense.  We stand ready to aggressively defend you in any criminal matter, should the need arise.  We strive to protect your rights, your liberty, and your reputation.  Please contact us for a free consultation, so that your specific situation can be evaluated.

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