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Facing criminal charges is one of the most terrifying experiences a person can have. Even minor cases can have lasting effects on your family, your career, and your reputation. You do not want to face the court alone or leave it in the hands of a public defender.

You have rights under the Constitution to legal representation. One of our Richmond criminal defense attorneys is ready to hear your side of the story. If you’re facing criminal charges, an attorney can help you understand your options and advocate for your best interests.

Defense Attorneys Help You Fight Criminal Charges

The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution grants you the right to legal representation. In a criminal case, this is your defense attorney. While the court will grant you an attorney if you cannot hire one, many public defenders are overworked and lack the resources to mount a powerful defense.

No matter what charge you face, you need a strong attorney who will vigorously challenge the prosecution’s case. You can count on us to wage a robust defense that safeguards your rights and puts forth the best case possible for your circumstances.

Complete Criminal Defense in Richmond

Our Richmond criminal defense attorneys handle both felony and misdemeanor cases quickly and aggressively. And we have experience in fighting against extremely serious charges like the following:

Assault and Battery

Simple assault and battery is a Class 1 misdemeanor, but aggravating factors such as the use of a weapon or the targeting of someone due to their race or religion can trigger felony charges. Many of these cases arise from disputes that arresting officers don’t truly understand. 

If you’re wrongly accused of an assault or battery, we’ll present a full account of what occurred and work to persuade the court about the truth of what happened. You do not want to have a violent crime on your criminal record.

Weapons Charges

Carrying a concealed gun in Virginia requires a permit. Our firm defends the rights of firearms owners against allegations of improper authorization, possession in a prohibited location, illegal sales, and other gun crimes where the use of a weapon is an aggravating factor.

The Second Amendment of the Constitution allows everyone to bear arms, but there are legal limits to that right. Finding the limits of that right is one of the most important and hard-fought battlegrounds in today’s legal landscape. We’re up to the challenge.

Sexual Offenses

Whether the particular charge is rape, aggravated sexual battery, indecent exposure, or another sex crime, we serve as diligent advocates during prosecutions, handling questions of consent and differing accounts with skill and sensitivity.

Starting with a free initial consultation, we’ll give you honest advice about what you can expect and aggressive legal representation no matter what your case involves.

Prison Is Not the Answer for Drug Crimes

Though many people now believe that substance abuse treatment and other forms of support are the best ways to handle many drug-related offenses, severe penalties still exist under state and federal laws. 

In cases involving alleged possession, distribution, and manufacture of illicit controlled substances, we challenge misleading evidence and police tactics that don’t conform to legal standards. 

Whether your case involves opiates, marijuana, cocaine or some other drug, a slight difference in the amount seized can alter the result significantly, so it’s best to get immediate help from an experienced Richmond criminal defense lawyer.

Recent Changes in Virginia’s Marijuana Laws

Virginia has passed legislation to make simple possession and home cultivation of marijuana legal. However, these laws will not go into effect until July 1, 2021. Retail sales will not be allowed until at least 2024.

Soon, adults 21 and older will be legally allowed to possess up to one ounce of cannabis. Medical patients may have a “90-day supply” but there is no legal standard for how much this is. It is determined based on how much the pharmacist recommends for each patient.

While these rules are changing, it may take some time for everyone to get on board with the new laws. If you are accused of marijuana-related crimes after July 1st, speak with a criminal defense lawyer in Richmond to set the matter straight.

Strong Advocates Against Unlawful DUI Charges

A charge for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be a shock, particularly to people who lack familiarity with the criminal justice system. DUI penalties are among the harshest you can receive.

You probably know that a 0.08 percent blood alcohol content reading means that a typical driver over the age of 21 is legally intoxicated, but you might not realize that improper or careless behavior by law enforcement officers could lead to that evidence being excluded. 

For clients accused of DUI, our seasoned attorneys conduct a detailed review of the stop, arrest and testing procedures. From there, we battle for fair treatment, which might mean a reduced charge or a sentence that allows for limited use of your vehicle.

Traffic Violations in Richmond

Even something as seemingly small as a traffic violation can have a big impact on your life. If you’re found guilty of a traffic offense, you’ll be subjected to a fine, possible license suspension and likely higher auto insurance costs. 

Serious violations such as reckless driving can even result in jail time, a criminal record, and loss of driving privileges. Before you decide to give up and pay for a speeding ticket or some other type of citation, you should understand the consequences. 

We know what types of errors are frequently made by inattentive or overzealous police officers and will press for a fair result. Our Richmond criminal defense attorneys will also educate you on the downsides of having too many points accumulate on your driving record.

Call a Criminal Defense Attorney in Richmond for a Free Consultation

Our criminal defense attorneys in Richmond even the odds on behalf of people who are accused of felony or misdemeanor misconduct. We’ll fight back in pursuit of a fair result and negotiate vigorously for a reduced penalty if that’s in your best interests.

Pendleton Law Team represents Virginians statewide in a complete range of criminal defense matters. Please call us or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Our offices are located in Richmond, Virginia Beach, Wytheville, and Petersburg.