In many instances, we can have your case dropped before charges are even filed. Contrary to common belief, it is the Prosecutor who decides whether to file charges, not the police. Once the Prosecutor’s Office receives the report, we make contact with them and present your side of the story, often times ignored or neglected by the law enforcement agency investigating the “crime”. This is the advantage of having a former prosecutor defending you – we’ve been there, we know what evidence they are looking for, and we know what evidence doesn’t help them. For best results, contact our Fairfax County criminal lawyer as soon as you believe you are a suspect in a crime or the subject of a criminal investigation. It’s in your interest to be proactive and have input early on, than to be reactive after the fact.
We can negotiate with the Prosecutor for drastically reduced charges. For example, a domestic violence offense could be minimized to a non-domestic violence charge or even a disturbing the peace; a DUI/DWI can be negotiated to a “wet reckless” or just “reckless;” a burglary charge to a petty theft, or even a trespass; an assault charge reduced to vandalism, or disturbing the peace. As most criminal cases comprise a unique set of variables, the degree to which your charges may be reduced will be dependent on various factors such as prior criminal history, actual evidence, and other specifics surrounding your particular situation
If after several attempts to negotiate the case falter, or the Prosecutor refuses to dismiss a questionable case, we will demand a jury trial. This is your right, and if need be, we will pursue with vigilance. We will file those pre-trial motions that maximize your chances at trial – suppression motions, character evidence, probable cause, inadmissible hearsay, and impeachment evidence. At this point, we will use our firm’s extensive trial experience and seek “NOT GUILTY” verdicts, or even a mistrial as a result of the jury’s inability to make a decision. Either way, we vigorously pursue your innocence.
In the event of a conviction, we are often able to mitigate sentencing penalties by filing an appropriate sentencing brief. We argue for more lenient punishment, such as lesser jail time, public work service, substance abuse treatment, suspended sentences, anger management, and a variety of other sentencing alternatives. Our work does not finish with a guilty plea or conviction, as we see to it that you are represented through the end of your case.
Who you hire as your defense attorney can be even more important than what criminal charges you are facing.
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Our Fairfax, VA Crime Defense Firm serves clients throughout Northern Virginia including Fairfax County, Prince William County, Loudoun County, and neighboring communities.