Virginia Criminal Defense Overview

Criminal Defendant and a JudgeThe criminal justice system is complex and intimidating. Contrary to popular belief, many people charged with a crime are not career criminals. Many defendants in the system could be considered “average people” who found themselves in a bad circumstance. For people in such a situation, the law provides several layers of protection. One of these layers is the right to counsel. If you require the services of a Virginia criminal defense attorney then contact our office immediately.

Legal representation in Norfolk & Virginia Beach Felony Cases

There are several classifications of crimes and a felony is the most serious of these classifications. If you are charged with a felony then there is a possibility that you will have to serve at least one year in prison. Felony charges can include offenses for the following:

As criminal defense attorneys we are experienced in each of these areas. A felony case typically begins when a Criminal Complaint is filed in General District Court. Shortly thereafter a Preliminary Hearing is held to determine if the Commonwealth has probable cause to charge the Defendant with a felony in Circuit Court. Assuming the Commonwealth is able to show probable cause, the case is certified to the Circuit Court for trial. A case can be dismissed or resolved at several stages throughout this process and if a loved one is incarcerated then they may be able to gain release through a bail hearing while the case moves along. If you are charged with a felony then it is imperative that you contact a lawyer immediately. We service Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, and Yorktown, as well as in the surrounding counties of Northampton, Isle of Wight, York, and James City.

Legal representation in other Norfolk & Virginia Beach criminal proceedings and misdemeanor cases

While misdemeanors do not carry the potential of prison time the fact is that they can still have a huge impact on your life. A misdemeanor conviction can result in jail incarceration, fines, and a criminal record that may disqualify you from employment. Misdemeanors can include cases such as domestic violence, stalking, violation of a protective order, and traffic offenses. These matters are heard by a General District Court Judge and typically do not involve juries. The Judge makes all determinations of guilt.

J.D. Garrett and Garrett Law Group, PLC have extensive experience in taking such cases to trial and have a proven track record of success. Do not think that your case will not impact your life solely because it is a misdemeanor – it will. If a Criminal Complaint has been filed against you in General District Court, alleging that you have committed a misdemeanor, then contact us online or by telephone. We can be reached twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and are ready to assist you.  We are also able to assist in sealing your criminal record if your case has already been resolved in your favor.