Have you been charged with a felony or misdemeanor offense in Prince William, Virginia? These charges can carry serious consequences and you need an attorney who can provide a plan to fight the charges that will keep your criminal record clean, avoid jail, and lengthy probation obligations. You need the best protection possible. You need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney with the inside knowledge that comes from being a former prosecutor in Northern Virginia.
Felony Charges in Prince William
In Prince William, Virginia, a felony charge is the most serious crime one can be accused of committing. A felony is a crime punished by more than one (1) year [or twelve (12) months] in prison. (Felonies are distinguished from misdemeanors and infractions by the length of punishment). In addition to the negative stigma of being a convicted felon, a felony conviction will result in a loss of the following rights:
- Right to vote
- Hold public office
- Possess a firearm
- Sit on a jury; and
- Serve as a notary public.
Because a felony offense is a serious criminal charge, convictions are often accompanied by long prison terms followed by extensive probationary periods. A felony conviction will change your life forever! Because of this, you need an experienced Prince William criminal defense attorney who can help you overcome these accusations. The following offenses are the most common types of felonies:
- Rape | Sex Offenses
- Fraud| White Collar Crimes
- Theft | Shoplifting | Grand Larceny
- Malicious Wounding | Unlawful Wounding
- Gang | Mob Offenses
- Abduction | Kidnapping
- Felony DUI | Felony DWI
- Firearms Offenses
- Property Crimes
- Computer Crimes
- Forgery | Uttering
- Credit Card Fraud | Credit Card Theft
Misdemeanor Criminal Defense in Prince William
In Prince William, like the rest of the United States, misdemeanors are a less severe type of criminal offense. A misdemeanor is punished by no more than 12 months in jail. Even though misdemeanors are less serious than a felony, it can still be a major impact on your livelihood. The mere presence of a criminal conviction on your record could cost you a job, security clearance, financial aid, and much more. Most misdemeanors in Prince William, Virginia still carry the risk of jail, a hefty fine, and probation. A former prosecutor turned Prince William criminal defense attorney can help you avoid all the negatives associated with a criminal conviction. Examples of misdemeanors in Prince William are:
- Simple assault [& battery]
- Possession of marijuana or Schedule III/IV substances
- Underage Possession of Alcohol
- Drunk In Public
- Petit Larceny | Shoplifting | Petty theft
- Obstruction of justice without force
- Carrying a concealed weapon
- Minor Property Offenses
- Domestic Violence (Assault and Batter on a family member)
- Driving while intoxicated or under the influence [DWI | DUI)
- Driving on a suspended license | Drive on revoked license
The assistance of an experienced Prince William criminal defense attorney could be the difference between a conviction and acquittal. Attorney Dischley is a proven Prince William criminal defense attorney who will work tirelessly towards getting the charges dropped.
Attorney Dischley has extensive experience handling criminal cases in Prince William, Virginia. This experience has prepared him to handle your case with the finesse and skill you expect of an experienced criminal attorney. Attorney Dischley is a talented attorney who remains up to speed on the newest laws and cases. Most importantly, he has spent time on both sides of the courtroom and has the inside knowledge you count on when you are accused of a crime. He will know the impediments you must overcome to obtain a positive result in your case. When you enlist his assistance, you can rest assured he has handled similar cases and produced the result you desperately need.
Criminal convictions carry serious consequences and can affect you for the rest of your life. Do not put your future in the hands of anyone. Choose a lawyer with inside knowledge who can be trusted to be your protector.