Hampton Roads Felony Defense Lawyers Provide Strong Advocacy
Firm serves Hampton, Newport News, Hayes, Chesapeake, VA and the Hampton Roads communities
Under Virginia law, there are six degrees of felonies, all of which carry prison sentences of at least one year. Moreover, felony convictions can prevent you from exercising your voting rights or getting certain types of jobs. There’s no time to waste if you’ve been accused of one of these serious crimes, and you will need a knowledgeable criminal lawyer to protect your rights. The attorneys at Hunter Law Firm have decades of combined experience representing clients from throughout the Hampton Roads area. With offices in Hampton, Newport News, Chesapeake and Gloucester, we are always ready to assist individuals accused of felonies.
Aggressive litigators handle a full range of felony cases
The most serious crimes in Virginia are Class 1 felonies, and a conviction for one of these offenses could result in lifelong incarceration. Our criminal defense attorneys possess the skill and experience to handle your important case effectively. We handle a full range of felony matters, including cases involving charges of:
- Violent crimes — An accusation of murder, aggravated malicious wounding or manslaughter can lead to years, or even decades in prison. If you were wrongly identified or acting in self-defense, we will vigorously challenge the charges.
- Sex crimes — Cases alleging sexual battery or rape might turn on a question of consent. Our attorneys have the knowledge and skill to get to the truth when accounts differ.
- Drug crimes — Allegations of drug possession or distribution might be based on evidence that was seized without proper authority. In these cases, we examine police procedure closely and look for alternatives to harsh sentences.
Certain crimes can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony. You can count on us to review the circumstances thoroughly and fight back against overcharging by prosecutors.
Knowing your rights is critically important
From the moment you’re approached by police, the decisions you make can have a significant effect on a potential criminal proceeding. Even if you are aware of your fundamental rights, it can be very intimidating to exercise them against police and prosecutors. If you’ve been accused of a felony, there are several things you should remember:
- You don’t have to talk — Everyone is familiar with the Miranda warning that says individuals in custody have the right to remain silent. However, whether you’re dealing with “good cop” or “bad cop” tactics, it can be tempting to say what you know, especially if you are convinced of your innocence. This can be very dangerous. You might make a compelling case for yourself, but it is the one slip-up that will be used against you.
- You have the right to a lawyer — In a conversation with police, the deck is stacked in their favor. Retaining a qualified attorney evens the playing field. Don’t be bullied into acting on your own. We react quickly and stop overzealous officers from taking advantage of suspects.
- Take names and notes — Law enforcement personnel sometimes cut corners when they think they’ve cracked a case. This can lead to warrantless searches and stops that lack the proper legal foundation. Evidence collected as a result of improper police tactics can be excluded from a trial, which could be the key to a dismissal or acquittal, so it is in your interest to take note of the officers involved in your arrest and everything they did.
Our experience defending Hampton Roads clients accused of felonies will help avoid harmful mistakes throughout the criminal justice process.
Contact an accomplished felony criminal defense attorney for a consultation
At Hunter Law Firm, we have highly respected, experienced criminal defense lawyers ready to vigorously defend clients from York counties to Gloucester, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. We understand the complexities of the criminal justice system and stay informed about new developments in Virginia criminal law. Please call 757-825-0400 or contact us online for a consultation.