Criminal Law

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DUI Criminal Defense

If you have a DUI charge in the Northern Virginia area, the experienced lawyers at Westlake can help


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Criminal Defense Lawyer in Northern Virginia

From minor misdemeanors to serious felonies, any criminal charge can have a lasting negative impact on your record. That’s why you need a qualified criminal defense attorney to protect your rights in court.Our criminal law firm in Northern Virginia has been defending people charged with crimes, traffic offenses, and administrative violations since 1992. We are dedicated to providing honest, accountable, and thorough representation in your case. “We plan to win because we plan to win!”Contact Westlake Legal Group today to speak to a criminal lawyer in Northern VA.

Felonies & Misdemeanors in Northern Virginia

Criminal accusations of any kind can be a serious threat to your criminal record. The potential penalties—ranging from fines and points on your driver’s license to community service and prison time—may cause you a great deal of worry. That’s why we recommend politely declining to answer any questions or make any statements about your involvement in criminal activity until you have consulted with a qualified criminal defense attorney.Westlake Legal Group can defend you in any criminal case. Explore our areas of expertise below. Then, contact our criminal law firm for a consultation.

DUI/DWI, Reckless Driving & Other Traffic Offenses

Driving under the influence (DUI)/driving while intoxicated (DWI) and reckless driving are the most commonly charged criminal offenses in Virginia. They are both categorized as Class I misdemeanors. Other offenses include speeding, driving without a license, hit and run, and vehicular homicide.No matter what you have been accused of, Westlake Legal Group can defend you. Our DUI lawyers adhere to the fundamental constitutional principle that the issue isn’t whether the criminal activity occurred—it's whether the prosecution can prove the allegation beyond a reasonable doubt. With help from a DWI lawyer, it may be possible to achieve a full acquittal.

Violent & Sex Offense Cases

Ranging from a misdemeanor assault to rape to murder, violent crimes and sex offenses can result in severe penalties including fines, imprisonment, and sex offender registration requirements. If you need help from a sex offense lawyer, domestic violence lawyer, or other violent crime lawyer, Westlake Legal Group can help prove your innocence or fight for a more lenient sentence.

Theft & Larceny Cases: Shoplifting, Burglary & Robbery

Depending on the value of the property taken and other details of the crime, theft and larceny may be categorized as a misdemeanor or felony, with penalties ranging from under a year in prison to life behind bars. Examples of theft charges include shoplifting, burglary, robbery, and carjacking. Our criminal defense attorneys serving Northern Virginia can provide the defense you need to win your case or decrease your sentence.

Drug Offenses

Crimes involving drugs are classified by schedule. The amount found in the suspect’s possession also affects the penalty. Drug offenses may result in a few days in jail or decades in prison. Be aware that Virginia has legalized the possession of up to 0.5 ounces of medical marijuana with a prescription. Making, growing, or distributing illegal drugs can result in up to a $500,000 fine or 40 years in prison. Our drug lawyers have years of experience defending cases like yours in court.

White-Collar Crime & Fraud Cases

Most cases of fraud in Virginia relate to check forgery, which can range from a misdemeanor to a Class 4 felony. Other examples include identity theft, credit card fraud, tax evasion, bankruptcy fraud, securities fraud, and healthcare fraud. Depending on the facts and extent of the crime, sentences may include up to 10 years in prison and fines of $100,000. Our criminal defense attorneys can represent you and work toward an acquittal or lesser punishment in your case.Have you or a loved one been charged with a criminal offense? Call on Westlake Legal Group for guidance and counsel. Reach out online today.

Criminal Law FAQ

What crimes can be expunged?

Your eligibility to have an arrest, investigation, detention, or conviction expunged depends on the jurisdictions. Examples of crimes that cannot be expunged include:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Sexual battery or imposition
  • Felonies and first-degree misdemeanors where the victim is under 18 years old
  • Corruption of a minor
  • Pornography or obscenity involving a minor
  • Serious weapons charges

If you have a blemish on your criminal record, our expungement lawyer can help you wipe the slate clean. In many cases, juvenile records are expunged when a minor enters adulthood. Speak with a juvenile lawyer to learn more.

What is unique about Virginia criminal law?

One controversial aspect of criminal law in Virginia is called limited discovery. This rule allows prosecutors to turn over the bare minimum to criminal defense attorneys.

Another unique part of Virginia criminal law is called jury sentencing. This means, not only do jury members determine whether a defendant is guilty or not guilty, but they also deliberate on the appropriate sentence.

These components of the law make it critical to work with a criminal justice lawyer who specializes in your type of case. Westlake Legal Group can serve as your aggravated assault lawyer, assault and battery lawyer, or murder lawyer, creating the best possible defense on your behalf.

Criminal law is complicated, and the stakes are high. Make sure you have lawyers you trust. Contact Westlake Legal Group today to protect your rights in criminal court.

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