A criminal conviction can carry multiple unwanted consequences for any offender. Most people know about the criminal penalties associated with committing a criminal offense. However, other consequences of a conviction can follow you around for the rest of your life. For example, individuals with a felony conviction see their annual earnings reduced by an average of 22%, while individuals with a misdemeanor conviction see their annual earnings reduced by an average of 16%. Hiring a Prince William County criminal lawyer to represent you can mean the difference between a criminal allegation and a conviction. When you’re facing a criminal charge, the team at the Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone has the experience you need on your side.

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How Can a Criminal Defense Attorney Help Me?

Prince William County defense lawyers can help lessen the stress of your charges and offer advantages to your case. Some ways a criminal defense lawyer can help your case include:

  • Gathering evidence on your behalf,
  • Negotiating with the prosecutor for a favorable plea agreement,
  • Interviewing potential witnesses to the alleged crime,
  • Finding alibi witnesses to testify at trial, and
  • Determining whether a valid legal defense applies to your case.

Michael A. Pignone has over two decades of experience representing individuals facing criminal charges in Virginia. Thanks to his experience clerking for the Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Michael has in-depth knowledge about the methods used during a criminal prosecution. Whether you are facing a minor misdemeanor or a serious felony, Michael can put his insight and experience to work for you and fight to secure a favorable outcome on your behalf. 

What Kind of Criminal Charge Do You Handle?

At the Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone, we defend individuals charged with a variety of different crimes in Virginia, with a focus on defending DUI cases, traffic offenses, drug offenses, vehicular manslaughter charges, and charges for leaving the scene of an accident. Some of the offenses we help clients defend against are described in more detail below.   

DUI Charges

Code of Virginia § 18.2-266 prohibits anyone from driving or operating a vehicle if they:

  • Are impaired by any combination of alcohol and drugs;
  • Have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above 0.08%;
  • Are under the influence of alcohol; or
  • Are under the influence of a drug.

The legal limit for the average driver is 0.08, while drivers under the age of 21 have a legal limit of 0.02. A first-time DUI can result in up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. A third DUI conviction within ten years of two prior DUI convictions carries a potential sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500. Additionally, a DUI conviction can result in the loss of your driver’s license for an extended period.
If you are facing DUI charges, contact the Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone online or by phone today to schedule a free consultation.

Drug Charges

Police are always on the lookout for anyone committing drug crimes. Drug crimes include offenses like:

  • Possession of a controlled substance,
  • Possession with intent to sell, and
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Possession of a controlled substance is the lowest form of drug crime. Possession occurs when a person is knowingly or intentionally in possession of a controlled substance. While this might sound easy to prove, it can create several issues for the prosecution, depending on the circumstances. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can determine if any legal defenses apply to your charges that could help your case. 

The penalties for a possession charge depend on the schedule of the controlled substance that you allegedly possessed. For example, possession of Schedule III drugs is a Class 1 misdemeanor. A Class 1 misdemeanor carries a potential sentence of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Possession of Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substances is a Class 5 felony. A Class 5 felony carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.

If you are facing a drug charge in Prince William County, do not wait to contact a criminal defense lawyer. The team at the Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone is ready to assist you.

Traffic Charges

Many people do not attempt to fight traffic charges because they do not think it will make a difference. However, this is simply not the case. In fact, a reckless driving charge in Virginia is considered a misdemeanor charge, not a traffic infraction. Additionally, Virginia imposes demerit points against your driver’s license for each driving violation that you commit. If you exceed a certain number of points within two years, you will lose your driving privileges. When you are charged with a traffic misdemeanor, a criminal defense lawyer may be able to plead your charge down to a minor traffic infraction. Contact the Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone so we can start reviewing your case. 

Contact a Prince William County Criminal Lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone Today

When your freedoms and liberty are at stake, you need a criminal defense attorney who has the experience and skill needed to carry out a strong defense. The team at the Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone knows how to aggressively and efficiently handle your case. Michael was recently selected as the prosecutor for the City of Manassas, giving him a chance to expand on his already extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system. We will fight for your rights as a defendant and do what it takes to help you secure a favorable outcome in your case. No two cases are the same, so we will dedicate time to listen to the facts of your case and tailor a strategy to your individual circumstances. Contact the Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone to schedule your free initial consultation.