Criminal Defense

Richmond, Virginia, State And Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

Facing any type of criminal charge will impact your life now and possibly years into the future. As a criminal defense attorney and former substitute judge, I know how high the stakes are for individuals and their families. Prosecuting attorneys have a full array of resources when building cases against people accused of crimes. That is why you need an experienced, knowledgeable attorney protecting your rights and your future.

After you are convicted, it is very difficult to get your record cleared. The time to start protecting your future is now, before you accept a plea agreement or are found guilty. I will do everything I can to help you keep a conviction off your record and I have an excellent record of success.

Call me the first time you are questioned by the police or federal agents about your connection to a crime in Richmond or anywhere in eastern Virginia. If you or a loved one has already been arrested and charged, do yourself a favor — don't say another word to any authority until you have an experienced lawyer at your side. The police are dead serious when they read you your Miranda rights: Anything you say can and will be used against you.

If you are not in custody or you voluntarily speak with authorities at home or at the police station, they do not need to read you your Miranda rights. You have nothing to gain, but much to lose, by speaking to the police before you speak with a criminal defense lawyer.

My experience extends to all areas of the criminal justice system, including:

Federal offenses

  • Felony narcotics charges
  • Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) offenses
  • Alcohol, tobacco and firearms (ATF) offenses
  • Federal sex offenses
  • Internet, mail, wire and bank offenses
  • Federal murder charges

State misdemeanor and felony offenses

  • Theft, burglary, robbery and property crimes
  • Sexual assault, Virginia sex offender registry crimes
  • Fraud, embezzlement
  • ID theft, forged checks, credit card theft

DUI defense and traffic violations

  • First and multiple offense DUI
  • Driving with a suspended license

  • DUI accident assault or homicide charges
  • Refused Breathalyzer or blood test

Post-Conviction Services

In addition to sound criminal defense representation, I can help you with post-conviction services, including appeals, expungements and getting your driver's license reinstated.

Professional Credentials That Make A Difference

  • Licensed in Virginia since 1974
  • AV Preeminent* peer rating for the highest professional legal ability and ethical standards
  • Previously selected to Virginia Super Lawyers by Virginia Business Magazine
  • Previously on the list of Richmond's Best & Brightest Lawyers by Richmond Style Magazine
  • Past president of the Richmond Criminal Bar Association
  • Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws)
  • Member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Virginia Trial Lawyers

I have extensive experience avoiding publicity in high-profile cases.

I represent clients charged with traffic violations and criminal offenses in state and federal courts in Richmond, Henrico County, Chesterfield County and Hanover County and throughout eastern Virginia. Call me at 804-643-0147 or use the convenient email contact form to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.