Shoplifting – Larceny – Burglary – Robbery
Theft charges have varying classifications that range from larceny, robbery and burglary and involve both misdemeanor and felony applications of law. Even these are broken down into classifications in relation to the method of the theft and the severity of the crime. For instance, petty larceny as opposed to grand larceny involving the difference in the value of the theft item(s). These can also be broken down to conspiring to commit and intent to sell the item(s), as well. Robbery is classified as the use of force or violence being committed in the course of the crime and have their own severity of penalties associated with it. Burglary often involves the act of theft along with breaking-and-entering with its own level of severity’s involved depending on the case.
Theft conviction penalties range from up to a year in jail and $2,500.00 in fines or more with restitution to decade-long or life in prison for grand larceny and robbery depending on the severity and violent nature of the crime.
White Collar Crimes
Fraud – Embezzlement – Forgery – Money Laundering
There are a wide range of defined “white collar crimes” that are typically non-violent in nature and involve the workplace or the abuse of documentation for illegal gains. Charges include obtaining money by false pretenses; forging public records, falsifying a transcript or certification, money-laundering, credit card theft and/or forgery, and writing bad checks. These charges also fall under a range of misdemeanor and felony classes depending on the severity of the charge.
Defense of white collar crimes involve proving the prosecutor lacks the evidence for a solid conviction. Issues concerning the legality of the evidence presented against you or establishing reasonable doubt. We highly recommend having an attorney by your side to develop the best strategy on proving reasonable doubt towards the best outcome for your case.
Simple Assault – Assault & Battery – Maiming – Domestic Assault – Sexual Assault
Assault charges in Virginia can be brought from something as simple as “touching” another individual who perceives that the “touching” was conducted in a threatening or offensive nature to a violent full-on assault and battery resulting in serious injury. Because there is such a wide range of definitions for assault in this State, they can be viewed as either criminal or civil tort cases – or both. Penalties can be classified under misdemeanor consisting of up to one year in jail and $2500.00 in fines to multi-year prison terms for more serious convictions.
Because of its prevalence and volatility, domestic assault cases are handled more seriously. These cases are looked at in this manner due to the emotional nature of the victim being a family member or roommate and connected to the perpetrator in a more intimate setting. In many cases, the crime is on-going and the potential for more serious injury or death is a real factor due to its inherent volatile nature. In these cases, an experienced trial attorney is critical to your defense as the penalties for domestic assault are more serious than a typical assault charge.
Sexual assault carries varying classifications and penalties, as well. Mot are considered a serious offense and fall under a felony classification associated with a sex crime defense. Call us to discuss your case to determine what areas of defense it falls under.
Sex Crime Charges
Prostitution – Soliciting – Sexual Assault – Rape – Child Pornography
A sex crime can be defined as any sex act committed on a person not giving consent, is incapable of giving consent – such as a child or disabled individual – or conducting the act as a course of transaction. Sex crime charges can be difficult to defend against depending on the circumstances of your charge. The State of Virginia looks at sex crimes as particularly heinous with long prison sentences handed out even when the evidence is marginal. Even without a severe prison penalty on conviction, many require being registered as a sex offender with the State creating potential employment and residency issues for the convicted offender.
Prostitution and soliciting charges are vigorously prosecuted in Virginia and typically classified as a misdemeanor with penalties up to a year in jail and $2,500.00 in fines. In some cases, there is also a risk of being listed on the sexual offender registry. Most other sex crimes are classified as felonies with the potential of severe penalties if convicted.