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1) Choose the Right Attorney
If you’ve been charged with a criminal matter in Virginia, you want to make sure that you pick the right attorney to help you. Your freedom is at stake. In most criminal cases, not only are you looking at a permanent criminal record but you’re also looking at a substantial jail sentence. There are a number of different types of charges in Virginia, ranging from class four misdemeanors all the way up to class one felonies. Each one has its own different complications through which you will need to navigate. Picking an attorney can be difficult, but in such sensitive situations, you want to make sure that you pick somebody who you feel most comfortable with. You also want to pick somebody who has experience handling cases just like yours. Our office would love to do whatever we possibly can to help you, so feel free to reach out to us so that we can see how we can assist.
2) Warrant For Your Arrest
If you’ve been contacted by someone indicating that you have a warrant, there are a number of things that you should do next. The first thing that you should do is reach out to an attorney so that they can help you through this difficult time. The last thing that you want, if there’s an active warrant out for you, is to be driving around or going around town and then a police officer stops you, picks you up, and arrests you. You want to make sure that you handle things on your terms. We would recommend that you reach out to an attorney who can then reach out to the agency that issued the warrant, have discussions with them to try to coordinate your surrender and make things go as smoothly for you as possible. Feel free to reach out to our office so we can see what we can do to help you with your legal matter.
3) Understanding Bail Bonds
If you’ve been released on bail and you’re wondering whether or not you have to appear in court, the answer is more than likely yes. The purpose of that bail is to secure your appearance in court. Failure to appear can result in you forfeiting that money and can also result in a bench warrant being issued for your arrest, which can cause many more headaches for you in an already difficult situation. If you have any questions about your bail or your bond or the criminal justice system as a whole, feel free to give us a call so that we can see what we can do to help you.
4) Criminal Arraignment
A criminal arraignment in Virginia can be treated differently depending on the jurisdiction that you’re in. In some jurisdictions, at an arraignment, all they’re doing is advising you of your right to an attorney and making sure that you understand that you can have an attorney if you so choose. There are other jurisdictions in Virginia that take the time at an arraignment to actually take down your plea, whether it be guilty, not guilty, or no contest. You’re always going to want to talk to an experienced attorney before you go into your arraignment to make sure that you understand what you’re getting into and to make sure that you don’t cause harm to your criminal matter. Our office has extensive experience handling criminal cases and criminal arraignments and we would love to see what we can do to help you. Make sure that you give an attorney a call prior to going to your arraignment.
5) Offered a Plea Bargain
If you’ve received a criminal charge and you’ve been offered a plea bargain in order to try to resolve the case, you’re probably wondering whether or not you should accept it. That’s a difficult question to answer because it depends completely on the facts that surround your case. You want to make sure that you have an attorney review your plea bargain before you make any acceptance of that offer to make sure that you are protecting your rights. An attorney, before accepting any offer or recommending that an offer be accepted, should make sure that they do their due diligence and make sure that they review all of the evidence against you, have discussions with the witnesses, have discussions with the prosecutor to make sure that you are doing the right thing. If you have any questions about this or if you need assistance with this, feel free to reach out to our office so that we can see what we can do to help you.
Were you or a loved one arrested for a crime and have questions about what to do after being charged for a crime? Contact our experienced Virginia criminal defense lawyers today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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