Facing the uncertainties of the criminal process alone can be daunting. Rita Ros-Planas focuses on providing clients aggressive and focused representation in criminal law cases. We strive to deliver outstanding criminal law representation for all Virginia misdemeanor and felony cases. We provide our clients with a thorough investigation of their case. With every aspect of the law, but particularly in criminal law cases, the most minor detail can make the different between a win or a loss, between freedom and incarceration. We work closely with our clients to bring all relevant facts forward to insure our clients have a fair consideration of the charges brought against them, whether by a judge or a jury. We offer a full range of legal services for our clients in family law. Please visit our FAQ to gain additional knowledge surrounding your legal matter. A consultation will help us determine the best course of action in your case, please contact us to schedule an appointment. We provide legal assistance with the following legal matters:
- First-offense DUI
- Repeat DUI, including previous felony cases based on out-of-state DUI or DWI convictions
- Accident-related felony charges such as DUI manslaughter or battery
- Driver’s license suspension hearings related to DUI
- Underage or commercial driver DUI cases with a blood alcohol level below .08 percent
- Serious traffic offenses such as hit-and-run or fleeing an officer
- Reckless driving or extreme speeding
- Driving on a suspended license
Generally speaking, conviction rates in federal court are higher than in state court. This is because prosecutions are supported by investigation from highly specialized governmental agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). However, if one is tried in this court court, a conviction is by no means a foregone conclusion. With adequate defense from a skilled attorney, a defendant may successfully see a dismissal of the charges or an acquittal for the alleged crime. Even government agencies make mistakes, and a diligent defense attorney can uncover procedural and investigative missteps that may have led to the procurement of invalid evidence.
State and federal jurisdiction overlap for many serious felonies, and your options for most of them improve if they wind up charged as state crimes. We know how to give local and federal authorities sound reasons for keeping Virginia cases in the Virginia system. Nevertheless, we can help you develop and present a defense whenever necessary for a wide range of federal criminal charges in U.S. District Court:
- Money laundering
- Weapons offenses, most commonly felon in possession of firearm cases
- Fraud and white collar crimes like embezzlement or public corruption
Although you can’t always expect to get advance notice of a federal investigation before being charged, it’s a good idea to get defense counsel before the charges are formalized if you are aware of the possibility.
Violence, including choking, beating, striking, to the victim
Assault, such as putting the victim in fear of serious bodily harm
Threatening to use or brandishing a deadly weapon, such as a gun
Due to the serious nature of the crime and its general classification as a violent offense, robbery convictions can result in severe legal penalties ranging from five years to life in prison. Another violent theft-related offense is carjacking. According to the Commonwealth, carjacking is a more serious offense than robbery but it applies if the theft involved a person’s motor vehicle.
Many people assume the terms theft and robbery mean the same thing. That is not the case. As noted above, robbery is a serious felony offense that alleges violence or threats of great violence. Many theft-related charges, such as burglary and larceny, do not contain these alleged elements and are based upon other factors, such as the amount of money or value of the items stolen. In the Commonwealth, the crime of larceny is divided into two categories, grand larceny and petit (pronounced petite) larceny.
Shoplifting charges must be taken very seriously, even if it is only a first offense. A conviction for felony or misdemeanor shoplifting in Virginia will remain on your criminal record forever, and could leave you facing jail time, fines, and a variety of other negative consequences. A good shoplifting defense lawyer will first work to provide you with a choice between the best possible alternatives. Our experience criminal defense attorneys defend against misdemeanor and felony theft and fraud charges in both state and federal court, including:
Petty larceny and grand larceny
Receiving or possession of stolen property
Breaking and Entering