If it looks like I’ll be convicted, why hire a good criminal attorney Fairfax, Va?
Contrary to popular belief, a good criminal attorney Fairfax, Va can get charges dismissed, and for those charges that cannot be beaten, it is possible to dramatically reduce the punishment you may receive by representing yourself. And, maybe most importantly, a criminal attorney Fairfax, Va can hold your hand and guide you through what can be the frightening process of being charged with a crime.
Note: Our lawyers practice in Fairfax, and all other counties of Virginia. We have offices in Fairfax, Arlington, and Staunton. We reference Fairfax, Va. in this article because it is the largest jurisdiction in Virginia with the most rigid procedures. Work done to Fairfax standards meets or exceeds the standards in every other jurisdiction in the Commonwealth, so it is common to use it as a benchmark.
At the least, being charged even with the smallest crime is stressful and confusing. Those normally in a position of trust — the police and prosecutors — are suddenly “on the other side.” Now you need a criminal attorney Fairfax, Va to be on your side. Face it, if you go on your own, no one is fighting for your rights, and on top of that, Virginia’s criminal law procedures seem tilted against the defendant. Sure, there are platitudes such as “presumption of innocence” and “proof beyond a reasonable doubt.” But a good criminal attorney Fairfax, Va doesn’t rely on that – he fights for you. And what about people who are innocent? It does happen, and whatever the cause, it is a fact that some people are wrongfully convicted of crimes. A criminal attorney Fairfax, Va is the only person making the Prosecutors prove the case against you. Without a criminal attorney Fairfax, Va on your side, judges and juries will only hear one side of the story – and it won’t be your side.
We are confident that there is a criminal attorney Fairfax, Va at our firm with experience in the criminal charge you, your family member, or friend are charged with. That means that we have helped people in your same situation literally thousands of times. How can I confidently say that we have a criminal attorney Fairfax, Va with vast experience in the charge you are interested in? It is because we have handled thousands upon thousands of cases.
For example, our criminal attorney Fairfax, Va section leader Erik Jurgensen, served as a Fairfax County Prosecutor before devoting his full time to criminal defense. Two other attorneys in our firm are former prosecutors as well. Every morning a Prosecutor handles between 10 – 15 misdemeanors and every afternoon, between 5-10 felonies. That means a Prosecutor gets 15 to 25 times the legal experience per day that a regular criminal law attorney does. One of our attorneys is even a former police officer. In addition, because each of us is an experienced criminal attorney Fairfax, Va, we teach criminal defense law to other attorneys at leading Continuing Legal Education programs, and have written important criminal defense manuals used by our colleagues, and even are invited to teach Judges the law. Finally, two of our attorneys worked in legislatures. Dave Albo has served in the Virginia House of Delegates where he Chairs the Courts of Justice Committee. That means that he has had a hand in drafting every criminal law passed in Virginia over the past quarter century. And Mike May served 8 years as a Prince William County Supervisor. During that time he played a role in the legislation of all Prince William County’s criminal laws.