Criminal Defense Lawyers Serving Bedford and Central Virginia
Persons who are convicted of a crime are typically punished with expensive fines and jail sentences, depending upon the crime. But the consequences of a criminal conviction actually run much deeper than that. Even if you are placed on probation and avoid jail time, having a criminal record can cause you to lose your job, occupational license or security clearance, not to mention the damage to your reputation in the community.
The attorneys at the Pack Law Group devote themselves to providing a strong, effective defense designed to get you the best possible outcome in your criminal case. Our team includes a former prosecutor for the Commonwealth of Virginia and an experienced defense lawyer who together know the law and understand what it takes to get charges reduced or dismissed or to win an acquittal or not guilty verdict at trial.
At the Pack Law Group, we defend people charged with all manner of misdemeanor and felony offenses under Virginia law, including:
- DUI & Traffic Violations
- Drug Charges
- Theft & Property Offenses
- Assault & Violent Crime
- Homicide & Murder
- Sex Offenses
- White Collar Crime
- Internet & Computer Crime
Know Your Rights. Protect Them and Use Them.
Remember that as a person accused of a crime, you are innocent until proven guilty, and if the prosecutor cannot prove every element of the charges against you beyond a reasonable doubt to an unanimous jury, you cannot be convicted. To help you in your defense, you are entitled to be represented by an attorney of your choosing at every significant step of the process. This includes arraignment, bail hearings and preliminary hearings, as well of course as the trial itself.
Just as important, you have the right not to answer questions or submit to police interrogations. The most important steps you can take to protect yourself are to insist on speaking with your attorney and to refuse to answer any questions until you have done so. If you do those two things, we will be in the best position to help you.
What to Do After Getting Charged
After an arrest or arraignment, you’ll likely be left with more questions than answers. Will the charges stick? What penalties are you facing? Do you really need an attorney?
First, know that you should remain silent. This is tough; police officers are excellent at making suspects feel like they can “clear everything up” by just answering a few questions. They might imply that they have devastating evidence against you, so you may as well talk and minimize the damage. They might tell you that refusing to answer questions is, in itself, a sign of guilt.
Ignore this and remain silent anyway. Anything you say will not “clear things up.” In fact, anything you say will only be used to build the case against you. You and the police officers interrogating you do not have the same goals. They want to get charges filed and finish up a case. You want to prove your innocence. Even if you say something that you believe proves your innocence, you could find it quoted back to you in court as proof of your guilt. Insist on your right to speak only with your attorney present.
Next, contact an attorney as soon as possible. Too many people delay this decision. They might be scared to hire an attorney because of the cost. Many people believe that they can represent themselves and negotiate a good outcome. Do not make this mistake. It doesn’t matter if you are 100% innocent—if the prosecutor can build a case that the jury will believe, you could still go to jail and go broke paying fines for a crime you did not even commit. Many people delay this decision, choosing only to hire an attorney when the reality of their looming trial hits them. You weaken your case by doing this. When you hire an attorney at the last minute, they do not have enough time to build the strongest case possible. They will do their best, but they will undoubtedly do worse than they would have done with more time.
Do not let the fear of financial woes keep you from hiring an attorney. You can always earn more money, but you can never get back the time and opportunities you lose when you are unfairly convicted.
Why You Should Choose Pack Law Group
You may have many options to explore while choosing a Virginia criminal defense attorney. When you choose Pack Law Group, you get access to a team of lawyers with diverse legal backgrounds and experiences. Our team includes a former prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney who knows exactly what it takes to convince a jury that you should not be convicted.
A criminal defense case is far more complex than whether or not you committed the crime. People accused of crimes still have rights. Prosecutors, investigators, and police officers have to follow strict standards when carrying out traffic stops, executing search warrants, conducting arrests, and gathering evidence.
Prosecutors determined to make their case may dabble in gray areas to gather evidence or stretch the truth, leading to a violation of suspects’ rights and leading to unfair convictions. By investigating the state’s theories and evidence, we will uncover holes in their case, bring in expert witnesses who can strengthen your case, and show the jury that the state’s case against you is weak.
When you choose Pack Law Group, you can feel confident that you will get skilled, experienced, compassionate representation. We know that people make mistakes, and we understand that you may be overwhelmed by your current circumstances. Our goal is never to judge you or make this time even more difficult for you. Our only goal is to safeguard your rights, protect your future, and help you fight your charges.
We will explore every avenue possible to help you get your life back and move past your arrest. Whether that means getting charges dismissed, negotiating a plea deal that lets you keep your freedom, or fighting aggressively for you in court, we’re ready to represent and advocate for you.
Call Now for Immediate Assistance in Your Virginia Criminal Law Matter
Having a knowledgeable, experienced criminal defense attorney on your side who is dedicated to getting you the best result can be absolutely essential to your case. At the Pack Law Group, we devote ourselves to protecting your rights and providing an aggressive, effective defense of the charges against you. Call now for immediate assistance, at 540-586-7225. We serve clients in Bedford, Lynchburg and Roanoke counties and throughout central Virginia. Let us help you get a successful outcome in your Virginia criminal law matter.