Experienced & Effective Felony & Misdemeanor Criminal Defense Attorney serving Hampton Roads
The attorneys at John W. Lee, P.C. have handled over ten thousand cases and have over 70 years of combined legal experience. We understand how frightening it can be to face criminal charges. When you have been charged with a committing a crime the stakes could not be higher. You could be facing fines, imprisonment, loss of job, family, etc...
If convicted of a felony, in addition to prison time, you could be dealing with a criminal record for the rest of your life. This could prevent you from obtaining the type of work you desire in the future.
In many instances, a person is caught doing something they know is wrong. At other times, good people get caught in situations that they never even considered could be a crime. After all, the United States has millions of pages of laws and regulations. It is impossible for anyone to know all of them. Either way the attorneys at John W. Lee, P.C. are here to help.
Criminal Arrest Process
We firmly believe that good people can be caught in bad situations. Just because you have been arrested for a crime does not make you a bad person. If you are like most people, when you are arrested you are afraid of what might happen to you.
Virginia Expungement Laws
A criminal history can become a difficult hurdle in your life. Fortunately, in some cases you have your record expunged. In general, once expunged, all police and court records of the charges are sealed and removed from your record.
Assault and Battery
Many assault and battery cases arise from arguments or altercations. Someone placed in fear of imminent bodily harm is justified in responding with such force as is reasonably necessary to protect or defend against the attack.
Manufacturing or production of controlled substances has become more widespread with the popularity of drugs produced through chemical synthesis. Virginia synthetic marijuana and Virginia spice laws are examples of laws targeting the use of chemicals to produce or alter other substances to create something that is illegal.
Computer Crimes involve a wide variety of crimes. When one is charged with a computer crime it could involve identity theft, fraud, accessing protected data, wiretapping, installing tracking or key stroke recording devices on computers, or transmittal of pornographic images.
Crimes committed by juveniles can potentially carry the same consequences as the same crime committed by an adult. The major difference is that original court of jurisdiction is the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court rather than the General District Court. The focus of the proceedings is on reforming the child rather than simply punishing the child.
When one refers to “Sex Crimes” they are referencing a very broad area of law. Generally speaking, a sex crime is one where a sexual act is performed without another person's consent. When an adult has sex with a minor, even if consent is given, it is considered statutory rape.
Probation is a sentencing option available to Virginia judges in Newport News and other communities throughout the commonwealth. Recognized as a community corrections alternative to jail or prison, probation offers a person convicted of committing a crime the opportunity to remain in the community under the supervision of a probation officer.
Murder and Manslaughter
A murder is probably the most serious criminal offense a person in Hampton Roads can commit. Unlike felony criminal attorneys who must defend their clients against prison and fines, the facts surrounding a victim's death could put Virginia murder attorneys into a position of defending a person from being put to death.
Robbery and Theft
Charges can be either misdemeanors or felonies depending on the value of that which was stolen and the manner in which it was stolen. For instance, shoplifting items totaling less than $200 would be a misdemeanor but for anything $200 and greater would be a felony.
The shock, anxiety and confusion can be overwhelming when you are arrested for committing a felony. It is important to remember that a criminal charge is not a conviction. Criminal allegations must be proven in court.