When Criminal Charges Involve A Violent Crime
It cannot be emphasized enough how important it is to seek immediate legal representation when charged with any violent crime. Violent crimes are serious matters. A conviction can mean the rest of your life behind bars.
An Attorney For The Most Difficult Cases
Everything important in your life is at stake when you are being tried for a violent crime. Without question, convictions for violent crimes — even if tried as a misdemeanor — bring with them the harshest sentencing. Having a conviction for assault or domestic violence on your record can follow you for the rest of your life.
Additionally, the penalties may involve the following:
- A Class 1 misdemeanor for a violent crime in Virginia is punishable by up to one year in jail and can mean fines of up to $2,500.
- A Class 6 felony, the most minor of felony offenses, can result in five years of imprisonment.
- The most severe felony convictions can result in life imprisonment.
- If charged with capital murder, the death penalty could also be pursued.
If charged with a violent crime, you need and deserve the best possible criminal defense representation. You will require a violent crimes attorney who thoroughly understands Virginia law and the ramifications of a conviction.
I, attorney Joseph Thelin, will provide the highest-quality criminal defense representation. You will receive the most knowledgeable advice regarding your situation.
Virginia’s Three-Strikes Law
Multiple convictions for violent crime felonies in Virginia can result in even further complications. A third conviction involving an alleged violent act automatically will result in life in prison without the possibility of parole. What a violent crime is in Virginia is defined broadly and can include any of the following acts:
- First- and second-degree murder or voluntary manslaughter
- Kidnapping or abduction
- Felony assault or malicious bodily wounding
- Mob-related crimes
- Robbery or carjacking
- Arson violations
- Rape and sexual assault
Because every conviction counts, it is in your best interest to contest each violent crime charge. As your attorney, I will advise you concerning the consequences of a conviction and aggressively fight every charge, including on appeal, if necessary.
My office, von Keller Thelin, in Manassas, has successfully represented clients charged with robbery, abduction, capital murder, rape and arson.