A defense attorney can limit the many uncertainties facing someone charged with a crime. Working within the criminal justice system is a complex process. To best protect your interests, you should consult with an effective advocate who understands criminal investigation, negotiation techniques, and how to develop strategies for use inside and outside of the courtroom.
The road between being charged with a crime and being found innocent or guilty can be a long, winding one. Apart from the criminal statutes, Virginia has many rules that apply to criminal prosecutions, such as ways to suppress evidence, rules relating to charging procedure and grand juries, procedural and evidentiary rules, and sentencing procedures and guidelines. The job of an attorney is to navigate this road with you so that you may present the most intelligent and persuasive defense.
There are three classes of offenses charged in Virginia: civil/traffic infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies.