Have you been charged with a crime such as domestic violence, reckless driving, or a juvenile offense? Suddenly being thrust into the criminal justice system can leave most people with many questions. Is it likely that I will face a jail sentence? How severe are the charges against me? The first step in getting your questions answered is to contact the Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone and speak to the firm’s Virginia criminal defense attorney. Every alleged offense will possess unique factors and only a knowledgeable attorney can help you to understand the facts of the case against you.

Driving Related Offenses

In addition to powerful representation against charges for driving under the influence (DUI), Attorney Pignone can provide legal advocacy for a number of motor vehicle-related offenses. On top of potential criminal punishments, charges related to traffic and driving offenses often carry administrative penalties such as license suspension or revocation. Your driving privileges can be an essential part of your livelihood, especially when the operation of a motor vehicle is required for your occupation.

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The Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone can help to protect your freedom and livelihood against charges such as:

  • Reckless driving In Virginia, driving at speeds sufficiently over the legal limit or exhibiting behavior that threatens bodily harm or property damage can be considered reckless driving. Punishments for reckless driving can be more severe than for other traffic related offenses
  • Driving on a suspended license – Drivers who have had their license suspended may not realize the severity of continuing to operate a vehicle. This offense can be charged as a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by severe fines.
  • Traffic tickets – Traffic-related offenses in Virginia can be charged as an infraction or misdemeanor and drivers can incur penalties such as fines, license suspension, or revocation. Do not pay a ticket before consulting with an attorney.
  • Hit & run accidents – Also known as “leaving the scene of an accident”, a hit and run can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the severity of property damage or personal injury which occurred during a collision.

Drug Related Offenses

Penalties and charges related to drug offenses can be among the most complex in Virginia. The severity of punishments can be influenced by factors such as the involvement of minors, if an offense crossed state lines, a defendant’s criminal history, the amount of the substance in question and the type of a drug. At the federal and state level, controlled substances are divided and categorized by “schedules” in relation to their potential for abuse and known medical uses. Controlled substances labeled as “schedule I” carry the most severe punishments.

Our lead attorney is highly knowledgeable in the laws and regulations specific to drug crimes and can represent clients in cases including:

  • Possession of a schedule 1 substance or a schedule 2 substance: Crimes of possession typically refer to situations where an individual “knowingly” possesses a controlled substance, either on their person or in a location that is under their direct control.
  • Distribution of a schedule 1 substance or a schedule 2 substance: Drug distribution can refer to the sale, transport, or delivery of a controlled substance. In certain situations and depending on the amount of a drug in question, individuals may also be facing charges of drug trafficking.
  • Possession or distribution of marijuana: Although marijuana is classified as a schedule 1 drug under the Federal Controlled Substances Act, crimes such as the possession and distribution of marijuana are typically considered separately. Whether an offense is charged as possession or distribution can depend on the amount in question as well as the intended use.

Knowledgeable Criminal Defense Lawyer

Whether you have been charged with an infraction, misdemeanor, or felony, choosing the right legal representation can be the critical difference between a conviction and an acquittal. At the Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone, clients will work one on one with an attorney who understands the implications of a conviction for even a minor charge. With more than two decades of legal experience, the firm’s Virginia criminal defense attorney can provide hard-hitting legal advocacy at the time when you need it most.

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