Roanoke Defense Lawyer Handling Virginia Cases Which Involve Violent Crimes
American society has no tolerance for those who commit acts of violence against others. While some crimes can be blamed on issues of addiction or other social problems, few are willing to make excuses for those who commit physical harm. Virginia prosecutors aggressively pursue charges against violent offenders and Judges will often show little to no leniency for those who are convicted. Sentencing guidelines are advisory and also reflect elevated time if someone has had an act of violence in the past or the matter at hand is an act of violence. Such charges can result in prison time, fines, a permanent criminal record, and the inability to gain meaningful employment. By retaining an attorney with experience in such matters you can help ensure that your rights remain protected. Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke criminal defense lawyer handling cases which involve violent crimes. Cerid founded our firm on the idea that everyone is entitled to the highest level of representation. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also serve Salem and other southwest areas of the state.
Roanoke attorney handling Virginia misdemeanor and felony cases which involve violent acts
Virginia criminalizes many different forms of violent conduct. Depending on the facts of the case, a defendant may face misdemeanor or felony charges. The level of the charges will depend on the nature of the offense, whether a weapon was used, the defendant’s prior history, the extent of a victim’s injuries, etc. Common examples of violent crime cases include:
Such cases begin with an arraignment after the prosecution has gained an Indictment from the Grand Jury or a probable cause determination from the General District Court through a preliminary hearing. A trial date will be set after a “not guilty” plea has been entered. The defense will be provided with the arrest reports, witness statements, and any other evidence which the prosecution is required by law to provide, if the proper discovery motion and order are entered. Counsel will also conduct an investigation into the matter after reviewing the discovery by way of legal research or calling and interviewing witnesses etc. Violent crime cases will often the police gaining statements from the alleged victims or sometimes, in violation of one’s rights under Miranda. The police may also gain an eyewitness identification through suggestive procedures which violates the U.S. Constitution Due Process Clause. Finally, there may be a defense if the accused was legitimately defending himself or herself or another. If a dismissal through pre-trial motions does not occur, or a resolution cannot otherwise be reached (plea agreement), then the matter will proceed to trial. Litigating / trying a criminal offense / charge can be highly complicated. It is crucial that you contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.
Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke defense attorney who has been licensed since 2008. At your initial consultation, Cerid will listen to your side of the story and begin formulating a plan for your defense. She will quickly obtain all available evidence, interview any relevant witnesses, and work to ascertain all of the facts. If she believes that law enforcement violated your rights, then Cerid will file any necessary Motions with the Court and aggressively examine the police at an evidentiary hearing. If a dismissal cannot be obtained or a reasonable resolution cannot be reached, then she will not hesitate to take your case to trial. We will be in regular contact with you throughout the process and will take steps to ensure that you are kept up to date as to the status of your case. Contact us today.
Criminal defense lawyer staying in communication with those whom Virginia has charged with a violent crime
If the Commonwealth of Virginia has charged you with a violent crime, then it is important that you stay in contact with your attorney. Counsel will need to obtain critical information from you. Understanding the process will also help to ensure that things go as smoothly as possible. These are just some of the reasons why Cerid makes client communication a priority. Our Roanoke lawyer responds to messages and provides answers to questions. This high level of service is our promise in each and every case we handle.
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.