Where when and how to meet your lawyer in Fairfax General District Court.
When facing a Criminal, Reckless Driving, DUI / DWI or Driving on a Suspended License charge in Fairfax General District Court, most people are stressed out or at the very least nervous. Each Criminal – DUI / DWI – Reckless Driving Lawyer Fairfax VA who routinely represents people in Fairfax, should be able to tell you when and where to meet, what the procedures are, and what to expect.
Location of Fairfax Court. Fairfax Court is located at 4110 Chain Bridge Rd. Fairfax, VA. “Chain Bridge” has a bunch of other names. They include Ox Rd., Main Street and Rt. 123. The parking lot is to the North of the Courthouse about two blocks away. Park there and bring your parking voucher with you. When leaving, you will need to present it and pay prior to getting into your car. If you are elderly or disabled, the walk is long. If you are elderly or disabled, have someone drop you off at the front of the Court house and then go park.
Security and Entry. Fairfax held the first terrorist trial back in the 90’s, so it has the longest standing security regimen in Virginia. You will have to take off shoes, belts and unload your pockets. Once through the magnometers, you can proceed to tables where you can put all your items back on your body. You may take cell phones into Fairfax Court. But be sure to turn them off when in a court room.
Where and when to meet your attorney. Usually, each Criminal – DUI / DWI – Reckless Driving Lawyer Fairfax VA, meets their clients in the hallway in front of the Court room door. Our preference is to meet at 9:15 a.m. for traffic and criminal cases, and 1:30 p.m. for Preliminary Hearings. Traffic cases are usually on the first floor. Criminal cases and Preliminary Hearings are usually on the second floor. If your attorney is not there at 9:15 a.m., don’t worry. He / she may be talking to a Prosecutor. Some attorneys – not us but other attorneys – may not meet you in the hall prior to Court. (Note: We only do one important case a day. But some cheap attorneys who charge a small fee, take on too many cases at one time and are not there to meet you personally) If that happens, then at the Court start time, go into the Court and sit. Hopefully they will find you.
How do I know which court room to go to? After going through security, walk to the opposite end of the building. There, on t.v. screens, are all defendant’s names listed alphabetically. Next to your name, the screen will indicate something like “1 D” or “1 J”. That means first floor Court room “D” or “J”. For criminal cases and Preliminary Hearings, go to the opposite end of the building, but then go up to the second floor. You will see similar t.v. screens. These screens will give you your Court room (e.g. “2 K”, means second floor Court room K).