Aggressive Criminal Defense Lawyers Defending the Rights of Clients Throughout Prince William County

Facing criminal charges in Manassas is a stressful and often overwhelming experience. Whether it’s your first arrest or you’ve been through the process before, a lot is on the line. You deserve a Manassas criminal defense attorney who takes your case as seriously as you do. At the Law Offices of Michael Pignone, we have helped good people get out of bad situations since 1995. Our Manassas criminal defense attorneys have extensive experience standing up for the rights of our clients regardless of the nature of the offense, their criminal record, or the evidence against them.

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Types of Crimes We Handle

If you face charges related to a Manassas arrest, a skilled Manassas criminal defense lawyer can help you defend against the government’s allegations. However, no two cases are the same, and every case requires a unique approach. At the Law Office of Michael Pignone, we frequently represent clients charged with the following offenses.

DUI and DWI Offenses

Prosecutors take drunk driving charges very seriously. Under Virginia law, drunk driving occurs when someone operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%. However, police do not necessarily need to conduct chemical testing to arrest you for drunk driving. State law makes it illegal to operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol but never specifies how intoxication must be proven. Therefore, prosecutors may try to prove you were intoxicated based on the surrounding circumstances. For example, were you exhibiting signs of intoxication? Was there an open container of alcohol in the car? Did you tell the officer you had a few drinks?

Reckless Driving

The state’s reckless driving statute provides that, “irrespective of the maximum speeds permitted by law, any person who drives a vehicle on any highway recklessly or at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person shall be guilty of reckless driving.” Therefore, while many reckless driving arrests stem from someone driving too fast, police can also arrest you for reckless driving if you fail to stop for a school bus or emergency vehicle or are driving erratically.

Leaving the Scene of an Accident

All drivers have a legal duty to stop after an accident. Leaving the scene of an accident in Virginia is a crime. Not only do you need to stop, but you also must provide your name, address, driver’s license number, and vehicle registration number to police officers or the other drivers involved in the accident.

Drug Charges

Drug offenses are one of the most common reasons people get arrested in Manassas. Under state law, possession of even a small amount of drugs can result in a prison sentence. It is important for anyone facing a drug crime to reach out to a skilled Manassas criminal defense lawyer for immediate assistance.

Some criminal convictions can result in a suspension of your drivers’ license. So we also represent clients in administrative proceedings where we help them get back or keep their license. With our help, you can ensure that your arrest will have as little impact on your life as possible.

Common Defenses to Virginia Crimes

Given the effects that a conviction for any Manassas crime can have on your life, it is important to review all possible defenses with an experienced Manassas criminal defense attorney. Some of the most common defenses to crimes include:

  • Challenging the admissibility of evidence through a motion to suppress; and
  • Arguing that the prosecution failed to prove every element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt.

Of course, there are many specific defenses that apply only to certain cases. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Michael Pignone can help you understand which defenses may apply in your case and how to effectively use them.

Contact a Manassas Criminal Defense Attorney to Schedule a Free Consultation

If you’ve been charged with a crime in Manassas or elsewhere in Prince William County, reach out to the Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone for immediate assistance. We take a comprehensive approach to every case we handle. We begin by conducting a thorough investigation into the allegations, attempting to identify any errors or favorable evidence that police missed. From there, we work with you to create a compelling defense to the charges. Through our efforts, many of our clients have seen their cases withdrawn or won at trial.

Our experienced legal practitioner also handles other types of criminal charges cases, including:

To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with a Manassas criminal defense lawyer, call 703-775-4977 today. You can also reach us through our online contact form.