Respected Fairfax Criminal Defense Attorneys Representing Clients All Types of Criminal Cases
After an arrest, you may fear that you cannot successfully fight the government and will likely be convicted—whether you’re guilty or not. However, there is a long road between arrest and conviction. And an experienced Fairfax criminal defense attorney may be able to help you avoid the most serious consequences of a conviction. Better yet, they may help you avoid conviction altogether. At the Law Offices of Michael Pignone, we’ve been helping good people get out of bad situations since 1995. We have decades of combined experience helping clients get out from under serious criminal charges and look forward to seeing how we can help you.
What Is at Stake in a Criminal Case?
Some charges are more serious than others, but almost all crimes in Virginia carry the potential for jail time. That is usually the most feared consequence of a criminal conviction. However, it is important to keep in mind that there are collateral consequences of a conviction that many people do not know about. For example, after a conviction, it may be harder to get a job, get into school, or legally purchase a gun. You may also need to pay steep fines and court costs, report to a probation officer, or lose your driving privileges.
Types of Fairfax Criminal Cases We Handle
At the Law Offices of Michael Pignone, our Fairfax criminal defense lawyers handle a wide range of cases on behalf of our clients. Some of the cases we handle most frequently include the following.
In many cases, a single traffic ticket is no big deal. However, if you have several tickets, fail to pay a ticket, or were arrested for a serious traffic infraction, your license may be on the line. At the Law Offices of Michael Pignone, we help clients keep or get their licenses back after receiving multiple or serious traffic tickets.
Virginia law makes it illegal to possess, manufacture, sell, give away, or distribute controlled substances. When determining whether you possessed a substance with the intent to sell, courts look to the surrounding circumstances. For example, the amount of drugs, how they were packaged, and whether you had any drug-selling paraphernalia can all be used to show you intended to sell the drugs you possessed.
DUI and DWI Offenses
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious crime in Fairfax, and local prosecutors aggressively pursue DUI and DWI convictions. However, despite the seriousness of these cases, there are certain defenses that apply in many cases. For example, even if a breathalyzer registered your blood alcohol content above the legal limit, you may be able to challenge the admissibility of the results.
Virginia’s reckless driving statute makes it illegal to operate a vehicle “recklessly or at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person.” Reckless driving in Virginia is a crime that carries the potential for jail time. For example, even a first-time conviction for reckless driving carries up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. In addition, you will lose your license for up to six months, and your insurance rates will almost certainly increase.
The government brings DUI manslaughter charges when someone is killed as the result of a DUI accident. Needless to say, these are some of the most serious DUI cases. Depending on the specific allegations, a conviction for DUI manslaughter can carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, with a mandatory sentence of at least one year in prison.
Contact our Experienced Fairfax Criminal Defense Lawyers for Immediate Assistance
If you face criminal charges, the thought of defending against them may be overwhelming. However, this is not a journey you need to take alone. At the Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone, we regularly represent clients facing serious crimes. We have handled over 1,000 cases in Fairfax and throughout Virginia and know what it takes to successfully defend against even the most serious crimes. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with a Fairfax criminal defense lawyer, give us a call at 703-775-4302 today. You can also connect with us through our online contact form.