In Virginia, criminal convictions can carry harsh penalties If you are convicted of a felony or misdemeanor criminal charge, it will be on your NCIC criminal record permanently and you will face jail, fines, license suspension and other very punitive measures.
What Fairfax Virginia Criminal Defense Lawyer Should You Hire
But who should you hire? The days of the general practitioner are over. As they say, “jack of all trades, master of none.” Much like medicine, law has become more and more complex. People want, and deserve, a lawyer that concentrates on criminal law cases. Any lawyer you consider should: (1) focus most of his or her practice on criminal issues (both criminal traffic and non-traffic cases), (2) have the appropriate level of experience (see a local Craigslist ad for what you should be worried about), and (3) focus their practice in a specific county to ensure that the lawyer has the necessary knowledge of local customs & procedures, and essential relationships with the relevant players in the system.
You should immediately meet with a lawyer that meets the above criteria. The meeting should be in person at the lawyer’s office. People who speak with an attorney earliest often end up getting the best results. Evidence may need to be preserved, motions filed, legal issues researched, and there may be things that you need to do to mitigate the offense.
Former Fairfax Prosecutor - Thousands of Cases Handled on Both Sides of the System
Attorney Manikas, a former Fairfax County prosecutor, is an experienced negotiator and trial lawyer. He has both prosecuted and defended thousands of criminal law cases as a defense attorney and former prosecutor in Fairfax and Northern Virginia. His experience on both sides gives him specialized knowledge as to how criminal cases are handled in Fairfax County. As a result, he has an inside understanding of the legal system that you will face.
To speak with a Fairfax County criminal defense lawyer about your criminal charges, contact Manikas Law in Fairfax, Virginia. For a consultation call 703-556-0004 or use the Contact Us box to send an email.