There were more than 305,000 arrests made in Virginia in 2014, according to the State Department of Police. Each of those people charged with a crime faced a unique set of circumstances, a different number of legal options to pursue, and an individual outcome that may or may not have met their personal goals. It is the right of every person charged with a crime to have knowledgeable legal representation and fair consideration at every step in the legal process. Criminal convictions can carry serious consequences, including jail time, fines, loss of employment, changes to marital and custodial agreements, and much more. At Greenspun Shapiro PC, our criminal defense attorneys in Fairfax understand just how important these cases are to those charged and their families, and we are dedicated to vigorously protecting the rights of every client. No charge should be taken lightly, and every case should be examined by a skilled attorney to ensure the best possible outcome.
If you or someone you love has been charged with a crime in Virginia, the criminal defense attorneys at Greenspun Shapiro PC can help. Call our office at 703-352-0100 or take a moment to fill out our online contact form to get started protecting your rights today.
Types of Cases Our Virginia Criminal Law Attorneys Handle
Finding the right lawyer for your unique legal situations may seem overwhelming, but the attorneys at Greenspun Shapiro PC are here to provide solid guidance and vigorous representation for those facing a wide variety of criminal matters. Our team of Fairfax criminal defense attorneys have worked hard to build a record of success and a reputation for effective and thorough representation. From simple misdemeanors to high-profile felonies, our attorneys offer services in cases related to any criminal charges, including:
➯ Drug offenses. Unlike other states, possession of marijuana is prosecuted aggressively in Virginia, and a first offense is a misdemeanor offense that can result in a jail sentence or fine. The sale or manufacture of marijuana is frequently a felony crime with punishments that include decades in prison and a fine of up to $500,000. Possession of other controlled substances and the distribution, sale, or manufacture of methamphetamine, LSD, heroin, and other drugs are treated more harshly, and, if convicted, a person may be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
➯ DUI. A first offense DUI and DWI conviction is a misdemeanor offense that is punished by a fine and driver’s license suspension. In addition, a person would have a permanent criminal record. Third or subsequent DUIs are Class 6 felonies punishable by a prison sentence of up to five years and up to $2,500 in fines. Other DUI misdemeanor offenses include Underage DUI and Boating While Intoxicated with sentences that include a possible jail sentence and fine. If a person caused an accident that resulted in injuries while intoxicated, he may be charged with DUI Maiming, which is a Class 6 felony, or felony DUI Manslaughter if someone was killed.
➯ Fraud Crimes. Counterfeiting and bank fraud crimes, such as check fraud, forgery, and fraudulent loans, are federal and state law crimes that can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies depending on the value of what was stolen. The most serious penalties include a prison sentence of 30 years and a $1,000,000 fine. Identity theft can also be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, with a possible jail or prison sentence and large fines as punishment. Other crimes, such as mail and wire fraud, cyber crimes, and email and computer hacking are usually charged as felonies no matter what the value of what was stolen, and the punishments can include decades in prison and fines of up to $250,000.
➯ Sex Crimes. Sexual assault and battery and prostitution can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony and carry punishments that include a 12-month jail sentence or 10 years or more in prison. More serious sex crimes include child pornography, online solicitation of a minor, and rape. These are felony crimes, and the punishments include decades to life in prison, fines, and a requirement to register as a sex offender on the Virginia Sex Offender Registry.
➯ Violent Crimes. Assault and battery and domestic assault are both misdemeanor and felony crimes in Virginia. However, more serious offenses, such as malicious and aggravated wounding, DUI Maiming, gun and weapon crimes, and arson are usually charged as felonies. If convicted of the most serious violent crimes, a person may be sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.
➯ Murder. Murder crimes in the Commonwealth of Virginia carry extremely harsh penalties. A conviction of capital murder can result in a death sentence. A person convicted of first-degree murder can face a prison sentence of 20 years to life and 5 to 40 years in prison if found guilty of second-degree murder or felony murder.
➯ Theft and Trespassing. Trespassing is a misdemeanor offense with a possible sentence of 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine. Burglary, robbery, larceny, and shoplifting are often felony crimes. If convicted of the most serious theft and trespassing crimes, a person can be sentenced to five years to life in prison.
➯ Protective Orders. In Virginia, a victim can obtain an emergency, preliminary, and permanent protective order against someone making threats or injuring her. The judge can issue a wide-range of restrictions in the order, such as directing the person to have no contact with the victim and prohibiting him from possessing a firearm. While obtaining a protective order is a civil proceeding, it is a misdemeanor offense to violate the terms of a protective order, and the punishment can include up to $2,500 in fines and a 12-month jail sentence.
➯ White Collar Crimes. White collar crimes are non-violent offenses and include a wide-range of crimes, such as conspiracy, embezzlement, money laundering, forgery, identity theft, credit card theft, tax evasion, bank fraud, and mail and wire fraud. In some cases, they can be charged as misdemeanors but are more commonly serious felony offenses. If convicted of a felony white collar crime, a person may be sentenced to 20 years to life in prison and up to $1,000,000 in fines.
Our Fairfax criminal defense attorneys also routinely represent those who are the subject of a government or criminal investigation, but not yet charged with a crime and those who have been subpoenaed to appear in court.
Additionally, our attorneys represent juveniles who have been charged with a crime. Our respected team works hard to address the needs of these young clients and their families. We recognize that our young clients deserve a chance at a healthy and productive future, and we do our best to provide representation that helps them avoid further problems with law enforcement.
What to Expect From Our Fairfax Criminal Law Firm
When you call our conveniently located office in Fairfax, you’ll speak with a member of our staff who can answer your initial questions, learn more about your case, and schedule a consultation with one of our criminal defense attorneys. We work with you to make sure your legal needs and court deadlines can be met appropriately. Our experienced criminal law team will develop a comprehensive understanding of you and your case. We have access to experts who can help us both build a thorough defense and find you any additional help you may need outside the legal arena.
The lawyers at Greenspun Shapiro PC have a combined over 80 years of trial experience in Virginia, and we aren’t afraid to take on the tough cases. Our Fairfax criminal defense lawyers accept all types of criminal cases. Over the years, our attorneys have represented over 80 people facing murder or manslaughter charges. Our willingness to work hard for you and to address a variety of legal challenges has not only earned our reputation as tenacious and dedicated attorneys, but gives us unmatched experience. The diversity in our cases and clients enables us to offer a different perspective on all types of cases, improving our ability to assess legal matters and advise clients. We strive to be honest and straightforward, offering each client a realistic view of his or her case and working together to achieve the best possible outcome. Facing a criminal charge is scary and uncertain. Let the lawyers at our Virginia law firm give you the confidence to move forward and the knowledge to do so effectively.
Our Fairfax Criminal Defense Lawyers Will Continue to Work for You
Even after your trial has ended or a plea agreement has been reached, the lawyers at Greenspun Shapiro PC are still working for you. We have extensive appeals experience, and we also help those who have been acquitted expunge their records. No one should be burdened with a criminal record unnecessarily. Our experienced attorneys can identify when expungement is possible and work to obtain a clear record for our clients.
If you or someone you love has been charged with a crime in Virginia, regardless of the severity of the charge, you need and deserve superior, effective representation. The Fairfax criminal defense lawyers at Greenspun Shapiro PC can help protect your rights and ensure that your case is fully investigated and prepared right from the start. Call our Fairfax office today at 703-352-0100, or if you prefer, take a moment to fill out our online contact form for a prompt response from a member of our team.