Criminal Defense

Felony Defense: A felony offense in Virginia is defined as any offense that carries one year or more of incarceration.  There are six classes of felony offenses in Virginia as well as unclassified offenses, such as Grand Larceny and Distribution of Controlled Substances.  Felony offenses are very serious matters and can lead to a number of collateral consequences, such as difficulty find employment, losing employment, loss of business licenses, housing restrictions, loss of the right to vote, and loss of your right to carry a firearm.  If you are charged with a felony offense, you should immediately seek experienced and competent counsel to help you navigate through the legal system.  We have experience handling all types of felony offenses including the following:

  • Murder/Manslaughter
  • Sex Offenses
  • Grand Larceny/Petit Larceny 3rd
  • Burglary/Breaking & Entering
  • Robbery
  • Drug Possession
  • Drug Distribution/Possession with Intent to Distribute
  • Fraud / Forgery
  • Embezzlement
  • Credit Card Theft
  • Obtain Money by False Pretenses
  • Bad Check
  • Construction Fraud
  • Abduction
  • Assault on Law Enforcement
  • Firearms Offenses
  • Malicious/Unlawful Woundings & Other Felony Assaults
  • Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle
  • Probation Violations
  • Bond Motions
  • Other Felonies

 

Misdemeanor Defense: A misdemeanor offense in Virginia is defined as any offense that carries 12 months or less in a local jail.  While less serious than felony offenses, misdemeanors can carry a wide range of punishment including potential jail time and fines up to $2,500 depending upon the offense. They may include the loss of a driver’s license.  We represent clients in all types of misdemeanor cases including the following:

  • Assault
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Possession of Paraphernalia
  • Bad Check
  • Petit Larceny
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Public Intoxication
  • Domestic Assault
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Prostitution
  • ASAP Violations
  • Probation Violations
  • Other Misdemeanors

 

Traffic Defense: We handle all types of misdemeanor and felony traffic offenses as well as traffic infractions.  These charges can carry a wide range of punishment including jail/prison time, fines, loss of your operator’s license, increased insurance premiums, special insurance requirements, and loss of commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs).  Depending on what you are charged with, we may be able to reduce the charges or reduce the effects of these charges on your ability to drive.  We understand that for many people, your ability to drive affects your livelihood and ability to work.  Please click here for more information on the various types of operator license offenses.  At King Downing PLC, we represent clients in cases involving the following traffic offenses and violations:

DUI / Reckless Driving Defense: A DUI or DWI charge is an offense that is taken very seriously in Virginia and carries a number of potential statutory penalties.  Not only do you face up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine but you also face a potential loss of driving privileges, ignition interlock requirements, and alcohol classes.  A DUI or DWI conviction can be a very expensive and time-consuming proposition that can have vast effects on areas of your life such as employment, military enlistment, and security clearances. If you have been charged with a DUI, you should contact us immediately so we can begin discussing possible defenses.  It is also a criminal offense that remains on your record if convicted.  Here are some frequently asked questions regarding DUI or DWI offenses.  Click here for DUI/DWI frequently asked questions.

Juvenile Crimes: People often make the mistake that juvenile charges are not as serious because records may be sealed or charges disappear once you become an adult.  That is simply not the case.  Juvenile felony convictions, for example, remain on your record for life. Juveniles convicted of felonies are fingerprinted, which means it results in a permanent adult record.  Moreover, a juvenile over the age of 14 may be certified and tried as an adult if certain violent offenses are charged.  Even misdemeanors can have serious consequences for juveniles.  Juveniles can be ordered into juvenile probation programs, treatment facilities, and can be ordered to serve up to 30 days in the juvenile detention center.  Juveniles may also risk having their driver’s license or privilege to get a license suspended depending on the charge.  Juveniles and parents must also realize that certain charges are automatically reported to school superintendents and may have to be reported on college applications.  At King Downing PLC, we do everything we can to ensure that mistakes made as a juvenile do not have effects that can last a lifetime.  We represent juveniles in all criminal matters including, but not limited to:

  • Underage possession of alcohol
  • Truancy
  • Assault & Battery
  • Assault by Mob
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Larceny
  • Destruction of Property
  • Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle
  • Sex Offenses
  • Traffic Violations
  • Commitment Hearings
  • Juvenile Probation Violations