Roanoke Lawyer Handling Virginia Felony Charges
A felony conviction will have a devastating impact on your future. Such a conviction can mean serving time in prison, the payment of fines and restitution, disqualification from employment, and being forever barred from possessing a firearm. The important thing to understand is that you have options if you find yourself in such a situation. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you understand whether it is in your best interest to fight the charges outright or if some other resolution should be sought. Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke lawyer handling felony charges on behalf of Virginia residents. Cerid has practiced law since 2008 and is proud of the level of service she provides to her clients. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also serve Salem and the southwest part of the state.
Criminal defense attorney handling Virginia felony cases in Roanoke, Salem, and elsewhere
Virginia has several different classes of felonies. The most serious of these is a class 1 felony. Such an offense will carry a potential prison sentence of life in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. A class 2 felony can result in a sentence of twenty years to life in prison and also carries a fine of up to $100,000. Class 3 felonies carry a sentence of five to twenty years and the same fines as those already discussed. Class 4 charges can result in two to ten years in prison. Class 5 and 6 charges are considered “wobblers.” This means that such charges can be charged as misdemeanors is the facts are construed favorably. Class 5 and 6 felonies are the lowest level felony to be charged.
Felony cases begin in one of two ways. The first is when the prosecution gains an Indictment from the Grand Jury and means the case will be handled in Circuit Court from the beginning. The second is when the case is presented in the General District Court for a finding of probable cause through a preliminary hearing. The defendant will be arraigned and enter a “not guilty” plea once either of these processes have started. Defense counsel will receive all evidence which the prosecution is required to provide under the Brady decision. Counsel will also investigate the matter and file any necessary Motions with the Court. If resolution or dismissal is not obtained, then the matter will proceed to trial. A jury can decide the issue of guilt or innocence. If the defendant is convicted by a jury, then the jury will determine the sentence. The Judge will determine whether the sentence should be imposed at at a later date. It cannot be stressed enough that litigating a felony involves complicated legal issues. It is important that you speak with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible to begin to build the defense against the charge(s).
Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke criminal defense attorney handling felony cases. She will use your initial consultation to hear your side of the story and to begin formulating a defense strategy. She will launch a full investigation into the matter. This will include visiting the scene of the incident (if possible/needed), interviewing witnesses, and gathering all available evidence. If Cerid believes that your rights were violated, then she will file a Motion to exclude any evidence obtained through an illegal search and seizure by law enforcement. She will aggressively examine the police officers at an evidentiary hearing. She will ensure that your case is prepared for trial, that you know what to expect from the process, and that your interests are protected. Our firm understands that you are in a serious situation. We will take your case seriously. Contact us today.
We also serve the cities of Cave Spring, Salem, the Botetourt County city of Hollins, the Bedford County cities of Bedford and Forest, the Franklin County city of Rocky Mount, and the Montgomery County cities of Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford.
Roanoke lawyer staying in communication with clients who face felony charges
If you are charged with a felony, then your future is at risk. It is important that your attorney keep you up to date in regard to your case. Cerid makes lawyer-client communication a priority. She quickly responds to messages and makes herself available to answer questions. Our firm will devote the time necessary to make sure that you are aware of the status of your case. It is our privilege to serve those in Roanoke and its surrounding areas. We take this obligation seriously.