Other Criminal Offenses
Criminal Defense Lawyer in VA
Have you been charged with a crime such as domestic violence, reckless
driving, or a juvenile offense? Suddenly being thrust into the criminal
justice system can leave most people with many questions. Is it likely
that I will face a jail sentence? How severe are the charges against me?
The first step in getting your questions answered is to contact the Law
Offices of Michael A. Pignone and speak to the firm’s Virginia criminal
defense attorney. Every alleged offense will possess unique factors and
only a knowledgeable attorney can help you to understand the facts of
the case against you.
Get started today with a
FREE consultation and learn about your legal options.
Driving Related Offenses
In addition to powerful representation against charges for
driving under the influence (DUI), Attorney Pignone can provide legal advocacy for a number of motor
vehicle-related offenses. On top of potential criminal punishments, charges
related to traffic and driving offenses often carry administrative penalties
such as license suspension or revocation. Your driving privileges can
be an essential part of your livelihood, especially when the operation
of a motor vehicle is required for your occupation.
The Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone can help to protect your freedom
and livelihood against charges such as:
Reckless driving: In Virginia, driving at speeds sufficiently over the legal limit or exhibiting
behavior that threatens bodily harm or property damage can be considered
reckless driving. Punishments for reckless driving can be more severe
than for other traffic related offenses
Driving on a suspended license: Drivers who have had their license suspended may not realize the severity
of continuing to operate a vehicle. This offense can be charged as a class
1 misdemeanor punishable by severe fines.
Traffic tickets: Traffic-related offenses in Virginia can be charged as an infraction
or misdemeanor and drivers can incur penalties such as fines, license
suspension, or revocation. Do not pay a ticket before consulting with
Hit & run accidents: Also known as “leaving the scene of an accident”, a hit and
run can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the severity
of property damage or personal injury which occurred during a collision.
Drug Related Offenses
Penalties and charges related to
drug offenses can be among the most complex in Virginia. The severity of punishments
can be influenced by factors such as the involvement of minors, if an
offense crossed state lines, a defendant’s criminal history, the
amount of the substance in question and the type of a drug. At the federal
and state level, controlled substances are divided and categorized by
“schedules” in relation to their potential for abuse and known
medical uses. Controlled substances labeled as “schedule I”
carry the most severe punishments.
Our lead attorney is highly knowledgeable in the laws and regulations specific
to drug crimes and can represent clients in cases including:
Possession of a schedule 1 substance or a schedule 2 substance: Crimes of possession typically refer to situations where an individual
“knowingly” possesses a controlled substance, either on their
person or in a location that is under their direct control.
Distribution of a schedule 1 substance or a schedule 2 substance: Drug distribution can refer to the sale, transport, or delivery of a controlled
substance. In certain situations and depending on the amount of a drug
in question, individuals may also be facing charges of drug trafficking.
Possession or distribution of marijuana: Although marijuana is classified as a schedule 1 drug under the Federal
Controlled Substances Act, crimes such as the possession and distribution
of marijuana are typically considered separately. Whether an offense is
charged as possession or distribution can depend on the amount in question
as well as the intended use.
Knowledgeable Criminal Defense Lawyer
Whether you have been charged with an infraction, misdemeanor, or felony,
choosing the right legal representation can be the critical difference
between a conviction and an acquittal. At the Law Offices of Michael A.
Pignone, clients will work one on one with an attorney who understands
the implications of a conviction for even a minor charge. With more than
two decades of legal experience, the firm’s Virginia criminal defense
attorney can provide hard-hitting legal advocacy at the time when you
need it most.
Questions about the criminal defense process? Call (703) 988-5882 and speak
to an attorney .
Our Manassas office proudly serves clients throughout Prince William, Fairfax,
and Fauquier Counties.