Riley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law concentrates its Henrico County law practice in the area of criminal law, which includes the more specialized areas of DUI & traffic law. Criminal law is considered by most to be a specialized area of the law. Representing yourself or placing your trust in a law firm that either juggles many areas of law or simply does not possess the necessary skill is a risky proposition because no two criminal cases are every exactly the same. Each case will inherently have some unique twist or factual distinction that separates it from all other cases. An excellent Henrico County Trial Attorney also has the training and experience to pick out the special portions of each case that make them unique, in addition to spotting and presenting arguments that can either negate or mitigate the alleged criminal offense.
Skilled Henrico County Criminal Defense
Criminal cases can either be a felony or a misdemeanor allegation. Felony allegations are the most serious form of crime, but misdemeanor offenses can also be serious. In either event, the criminal case from the moment the Henrico Police begin investigating an alleged criminal offense all the way up to verdict can be a long and winding road, with felony cases taking much longer to navigate thru the courts. An exceptional Henrico County Attorney must successfully perform many functions while the case is before the courts from securing a bail or bond for the client all the way to making the closing or final argument to the jury.
There are two bodies of law that pertain to every Virginia criminal case: criminal procedure and the substantive criminal law. Virginia criminal procedure can be found in the Va. Code under Title 19.2 and the Constitution of the United States and Virginia. The substantive criminal law is primarily found in the Va. Code under Title 18.2. Additionally, the Virginia Supreme Court rules are also an authority that the prosecution and defense must comply with in every criminal case. Many criminal cases on some level have some issue or twist that does not always fit squarely with either the criminal law or criminal procedure. The best Henrico County Lawyers that defend clients accused of criminal offenses will understand these laws and procedures and how to best apply them to the facts of their client’s case. Contact a recognized leader in criminal law today for a free evaluation of your case.
Henrico County DUI Defense
The Henrico County Police Officers and Virginia State Troopers are highly trained in investigating DUI cases. A proper DUI investigation requires strict attention to detail. A Henrico County Lawyerunderstands what specifics to look for when representing a motorist who has been accused of driving drunk. NOTE: An arrest for DUI is not a conviction. There are countless defenses that are recognized by the law and only a Henrico VA Attorney with the proper training and experience knows how to find them and best present them to the Court. However, there are many instances where the evidence proves a violation of the Virginia DUI law beyond a reasonable doubt, and the remaining issue becomes the sentence or punishment.
The possible penalties for a DUI conviction can be staggering depending on whether the case is a misdemeanor first offense or a felony. As such, skilled representation is a must to help you navigate this maze of penalties and post-judgment requirements that the court has the authority to order. In some instances, effective DUI lawyers can negotiate the case and or the disposition with the Henrico Commonwealth Attorney. We understand the nuances of this area of the law and are intimately familiar with the Henrico Courts as local attorneys who represent clients before this court every week. We have successfully defended hundreds of DUI cases, even in situations where a blood or breath test registered above the legal limit.
Henrico County Criminal & Traffic Trial Lawyer Client Reviews
Henrico County is serious about prosecuting traffic offenders. The Henrico Traffic Court, better known as the General District Court, has over 20 regularly scheduled traffic dockets every week and the Commonwealth Attorney has assigned a prosecuting attorney to prosecute each docket. Most traffic cases are resolved in the District Court, but in some instances a traffic case can get to the Circuit Court for a trial or other disposition. If your case is either a traffic felony or a misdemeanor jailable offense, then your case will start with an arraignment shortly after you have been arrested. In the event your case involves a traffic infraction or a misdemeanor where the prosecution is waiving the jail penalty, then you are not constitutionally entitled to representation, although you do have the right to retain a Henrico County Lawyer.
Some traffic defendants don’t think they need to retain an attorney for their traffic case. That may be true in some instances, but most motorists become intimidated in the courtroom and either do not present themselves well before the Judge or cannot effectively handle being cross-examined by the prosecuting attorney. Our Henrico County Attorneys regularly represent clients accused of traffic violations such as reckless driving, as well as more serious traffic offenses in the Henrico Courts. In our experience, a represented party usually stands a better chance of successfully resolving their case.