Misdemeanor Criminal Defense Lawyers
Experienced trial lawyers in Fairfax Virginia providing criminal defense services to clients charged with misdemeanor offenses. Attorneys prepare trial defense or try to plea bargain to avoid jail time when possible.
Misdemeanor Defense Lawyers in Fairfax and Northern Virginia
It’s tempting to think of a misdemeanor charge as nothing more than an embarrassing inconvenience. First offenders especially might be inclined to simply plead guilty to a judge and hope for a sentence of either time served, community service, or a fine. And that’s it. Why go through the trouble and expense of hiring a good lawyer? Sometimes people don’t even bother to come for court.
Not so fast. A guilty plea to a misdemeanor in Virginia can carry a jail sentence of up to 12 months. Even if the judge does not impose an active jail sentence, a misdemeanor plea results in a criminal conviction, which means you now have a criminal record. A later arrest for the same charge or any other offense is likely to be punished much more severely, and in some circumstances could be handled as a felony. Certain misdemeanors can also interfere with educational, professional or security clearance opportunities. Many can have adverse immigration consequences for non citizens. Often times these consequences can be avoided or at least mitigated with the assistance of an experienced and qualified criminal defense lawyer.
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If you have been charged with a misdemeanor offense and have a case pending in a Northern Virginia courthouse, contact the Fairfax criminal defense attorneys at the Sprano Law Firm for a free consultation. Our attorneys will gather information about the specific charges you’re facing and discuss your potential and practical exposure to punishment, the continuing consequences of the misdemeanor charge on your record, and your best options for beating the case. We will seek to get the charge dismissed if possible, and if not we will develop a strategy to negotiating a good plea bargain, or at least try to avoid or minimize any possible jail time. In our many years of experience as criminal defense lawyers in Fairfax County and the surrounding areas, we have defended just about every type of misdemeanor charge imaginable. No matter what the circumstances of your case, we will help you achieve the best result possible.
Our attorneys advise clients about the immediate and long-range consequences of a particular misdemeanor charge. Then we show people the most productive approach to take based on the specifics of the situation.
We handle a wide range of Virginia misdemeanor charges, including:
- Drunk driving
- Underage possession of alcohol
- Possession of a fake ID
- Simple assault, including domestic violence situations
- Disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace or being drunk in public
- Obstruction of justice
- Unlawful Entry
- Destruction of Property, Vandalism
- Misdemeanor marijuana charges
- Trespass, shoplifting under $500 (petit larceny), and other property crimes
- Reckless Driving, Driving on a Suspended License, Driving without a License, DUI
- Child abuse or neglect, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor
- Phone Threats
- Sexual Battery
- Indecent Exposure
Most of the listed offenses are Class 1 misdemeanors punishable by up to 12 months of jail, a $2,500 fine or both. The upper end of this range is generally reserved for repeat offenders and/or violent crimes.
The chance to plead to a misdemeanor can represent a good result for someone originally charged with a felony. If a misdemeanor represents the most serious charge you’re facing, however, it makes sense to find out if there is any possibility of having the charged dismissed, being foung not guilty, or at least being assured of avoiding jail time. To find out more about your options, contact the Fairfax criminal defense lawyers at the Sprano Law Firm in Northern Virginia for a free consultation. Click here to review our proven record of success.
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