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Fairfax Criminal Lawyer

Have you been charged with a felony or misdemeanor in Fairfax, Virginia? Are you wondering how you’ll be able to successfully fight the charges, keep a clean criminal record and avoid devastating repercussions such as fines, probation and jail time? Are you seeking the best possible protection against the charges, which may be frivolous or even completely unfounded? If so, a licensed, experienced Fairfax criminal attorney can provide the exact type of assistance you need.

Felony Criminal Defense in Fairfax

The most serious crimes handled by the Fairfax criminal justice system are considered felonies as opposed to misdemeanors. Due to the severity of their nature, felony charges come with extremely stiff penalties in the case of a conviction, such as a long prison sentence (including the possibility of life in prison), massive fines that may be nearly impossible to repay, years of probation, house arrest and community service, not to mention the negative stigma and loss of rights that comes with being a convicted felon. Even after you’ve paid your dues to the justice system, obtaining solid employment and living a normal life can be hugely challenging. However, an experienced Fairfax criminal lawyer can help you to avoid all of these penalties, potentially even settling your case before it goes to court. Visit our Fairfax sex crimes attorney page here and our Fairfax reckless driving lawyer page here for more information on those criminal charges.

The following crimes are almost always charged as felonies in Fairfax:

  • Sex crimes
  • Homicide
  • Aggravated assault
  • Robbery
  • Gun crimes (such as illegal possession of a concealed weapon)
  • Fraud and other white-collar crimes
  • Drug distribution, trafficking and manufacture

Misdemeanor Criminal Defense in Fairfax

Crimes deemed less severe than felonies are considered misdemeanors in Fairfax, Virginia, just as they are in the rest of the country. Due to this classification, misdemeanor charges come with more lenient penalties than felonies, though the penalties can still be extremely interruptive to your normal life. Some of the punishments associated with misdemeanor convictions in Fairfax include up to a one-year jail sentence, large fines, hundreds of hours of community service, probation and more. So if you are in need of a drug lawyer or an assault lawyer, one of the attorneys with our firm will provide you with the best defense – one that’s custom-tailored to the specifics of your misdemeanor case, and handled with the same level of care as a felony case.

Examples of crimes typically charged as misdemeanors in Fairfax include:

  • Simple assault
  • Simple drug possession
  • Solicitation of prostitution
  • Shoplifting or simple theft
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Driving under a suspended license
  • Domestic violence

Depending on the severity and specific circumstances of the case, some crimes that would normally be charged as misdemeanors can be filed as felonies instead. This is another instance where the help of an attorney will prove invaluable. A Fairfax criminal attorney will work hard on your case to have your charges dropped to the lowest possible classification, and do everything in his or her power to achieve the best possible outcome for your case on your court date.

We have years of experience litigating in Northern Virginia, and their experience in Fairfax specifically will have them prepared to handle the defense against the charges you face. When you hire a member of our talented legal team, you know that you are getting someone who has up to the minute knowledge of the local laws, but also experience defending clients against similar charges. They will know what roadblocks lay in your path as you work towards a positive result in your case, and they can advise you about the best ways to move forward.

If you are facing a charge in Fairfax, you can’t afford to take you defense lightly. Even a minor conviction can carry with it very serious penalties. The legal and personal ramifications of which can have a lasting impact on your life. Don’t hesitate, contact an experienced Fairfax criminal lawyer today to set up a free consultation where one of our attorneys will be able to review the facts of your case and work with you on a solid defense strategy.

Fairfax County Courthouses

The Fairfax County Courthouse is located at 4110 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax, Virginia.

While there are some free parking lots located around the courthouse, those spaces are extremely limited. The courthouse has a parking garage, which charges $2 an hr or $10 for more than five hours. The parking facility accepts cash and debit/credit, but be sure to bring at least $10 in cash as the machine has been known to fail and ATMs are not in the area. If you are taking public transportation, ride the metro to the Vienna stop on the orange line and transfer to a bus heading towards the courthouse.

Cell phones are not allowed in the courthouse. It is advisable to leave all electronic devices in the car or at home. However, they will let you put your phone in a locker that you can access on your way out. The security lines at this courthouse can be pretty long, so please plan on arriving early so you are not late for any court appointments.

There is a cafe and a cafeteria at this courthouse where you can grab food and beverages. However, within walking distance from the courthouse you can find Hard Times Cafe, Red Hot & Blue, Panera, and Potbelly’s.

Fairfax County General District Court
Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
Fairfax County Circuit Court
4110 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 246-2153


Hon. Penney S. Azcarate
Hon. Michael J. Cassidy
Hon. Stewart P. Davis
Hon. Thomas E. Gallahue
Hon. Lisa A. Mayne
Hon. Donald P. McDonough
Hon. William J. Minor, Jr.
Hon. Mitchell I. Mutnick
Hon. Ian M. O’Flaherty
Hon. Mark C. Simmons


Nancy L. Lake
Hours: 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. Monday through Friday

Phone Numbers

Traffic Division: 703-246-3764;
Fax: 703-352-7581
Criminal Division: 703-691-7320, Press 4, 3; or 703-246-3305
Fax: 703-273-0048
Civil Division: 703-691-7320, Press 4, 1; Small Claims: 4, 2; or 703-246-3012
Fax: 703-246-5493
Court Services Division: 703-691-7320, press 4, 4; or 703-246-7530
Clerk of Court: 703-246-2153
TTY for all offices, for hearing impaired only: 711

Herndon Courthouse

The Herndon Courthouse, a division of the Fairfax County General District Court, is located at 765 Lynn Street in Herndon, Virginia. Even though the courthouse is located in the building’s basement, it is easy to spot due to its unmistakable green glass roof. Cell phones, video cameras, and all electronic equipment are not allowed in the courthouse, but you can store it with the deputy by the front door who will hold it until you’re finished in court. Three parking garages, located on Lynn Street, Station Street, and Center Street, are within walking distance of the courthouse. There are also a number of eateries in downtown Herndon including: Dairy Queen, Mediterranean Breeze, and fine dining at Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano. For directions, please visit the Fairfax County page on Herndon Courthouse directions.

Herndon Courthouse
765 Lynn Street,
Herndon, VA 20170