Roanoke Defense Lawyer Handling Misdemeanor Charges

Man with long sleeves being arrestedThose who face misdemeanor charges sometimes make the mistake of thinking that their situation is not serious. The truth of the matter, however, is that a conviction will result in lasting consequences. These consequences can include incarceration, a permanent mark on your criminal record, difficulty in gaining employment and housing, as well as the inability to obtain certain professional licenses. Future convictions will also likely result in more serious penalties than they would otherwise. These are just some of the reasons why it is important to take the charges seriously and to retain a criminal defense attorney. Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke lawyer handling misdemeanor charges on behalf of southwest Virginia residents. Cerid prides herself on providing both quality service and aggressive representation. Our firm is ready to assist you. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. We also assist those in Salem and in other areas of the state.

Roanoke attorney giving misdemeanor charges the level of attention they deserve

Virginia divides misdemeanor offenses into five different classes. A class 1 and class U charges can result in a sentence of up to twelve months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. A class 2 charge will carry a sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Class 3 and 4 misdemeanors are not punishable by jail time. Convictions for such offenses can, however, result in fines of either $500 or $250 and can leave a mark on your criminal record.

Misdemeanor charges not against a family member or committed by a minor are heard in the General District Court, generally, unless brought through direct indictment to Circuit Court. The case will begin with the entry of a “not guilty” plea and a trial date will be set. Common misdemeanor charges include those for Assault and battery, domestic violence (These cases are generally heard in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court), passing a bad check, reckless driving, and other offenses. Defense counsel will acquire the police reports, witness statements, and other information which the prosecution is required to provide under Brady v. Maryland. Counsel will also file Motions with the Court to exclude any evidence or statements which may have been obtained in violation of the accused’s constitutional rights. Depending on the facts of the case, such Motions may result in a dismissal of the charges. If a dismissal cannot be obtained and a reasonable resolution cannot be reached, then the matter will proceed to a bench trial, if the right to a jury was not exercised. The Judge will give his or her decision at the close of evidence. Litigating any type of charge can involve complicated legal issues and it is important to have an experienced lawyer assisting you.

Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke attorney handling misdemeanor charges throughout southwest Virginia. Cerid will use your initial consultation to gain an understanding of your situation and to help you learn what to expect as the case moves forward. She will quickly file a Notice of Appearance and request all discovery materials from the prosecutors. She will conduct a full investigation of the matter and visit the scene of the incident, if it is possible and needed to do so. If she believes that your rights against search and seizure, or your right to remain silent, were violated, then she will file the appropriate Motions with the Court. Our firm will work to gain you the best resolution possible and, if necessary, we will not hesitate to take your case to trial. We understand the impact that these charges can have on your future. We are here to assist you.

Misdemeanor attorney staying in regular communication with Roanoke and Salem clients facing misdemeanor charges

This is an important time in your life. It is, therefore, important that your lawyer keep you informed in regards to the status of your case. Cerid makes attorney-client communication a priority. This includes promptly responding to phone calls, emails, and making herself available to address your concerns. Our firm recognizes the serious consequences of a misdemeanor conviction and we strive to provide the highest level of service.

Our Virginia firm also serves 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.