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When you are faced with charges, no matter how severe, it can make everything else in your life seem unimportant and trivial, at least until the charges are settled. How will you deal with the repercussions? Will you lose your job? Will you be able to find another job if convicted? Will it be possible to fight the charges and avoid any negative penalties in the first place?
Everyone asks these questions when faced with a criminal charge. Fortunately, our attorneys with Karin Riley Porter Attorney at Law can help you find the answers. When you bring your case to an experienced Falls Church defense attorney, you will receive the utmost in care and attention, and you’ll be provided with a customized defense specifically tailored to the unique, complex details of your criminal case. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.
In Falls Church, Virginia, as with in the rest of the United States, the most serious crimes handled by the judicial system are charged as felonies. In light of their serious nature, felony convictions come with the most severe penalties doled out in criminal justice, such as extended prison terms, enormous fines reaching in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and countless hours of probation, community service and/or house arrest.
In many cases, these tangible penalties cannot compare to the horrible social stigma attached to felony convicts long after they have paid their formal dues to society.
By examining the specifics of your case and working with prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and other entities within the criminal justice system, a licensed Falls Church criminal attorney may be able to have your charges either dropped completely or lowered to a lessor classification, such as a misdemeanor. Even if lowering the charges proves impossible, an experienced criminal lawyer in Falls Church will help you receive the most favorable outcome when your court date arrives.
Crimes that are considered less serious than felonies are labeled as misdemeanors. Despite the relative lack of severity, misdemeanor convictions still carry serious penalties including up to twelve months of jail time, fines, community service, probation, driving restrictions, house arrest – all things that can seriously interfere with your normal routine, and could potentially put you out of work now or in the future.
In addition, misdemeanor convictions become part of your criminal record and can affect your employability, security clearance, student opportunities, and ability to obtain loans. In the case of DUI charges or reckless driving charges, a misdemeanor can result in a loss of driving privileges, a mandated ignition interlock system, and higher insurance premiums.
There is no reason to face criminal charges or a criminal investigation alone. Karin Riley Porter Attorney at Law is an experienced Falls Church criminal lawyer who has successfully handled numerous cases involving a variety of criminal charges. Please call us today to schedule a free case analysis.
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