Spotsylvania Lawyers Provide a Strong Criminal Defense

Defending Virginians against criminal charges for more than 70 years

The criminal defense team at Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC defends you against charges ranging from misdemeanor marijuana possession to felony DUI, from grand theft to vehicular manslaughter. When you get caught in the maze of Virginia’s criminal justice system, we review the evidence, interview the witnesses and prepare to negotiate your plea or try your case. Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC has been defending clients charged with crimes in the Spotsylvania or Fredericksburg areas for more than seven decades.

Our lawyers build a persuasive defense to your felony charge

Felony convictions carry a list of harsh consequences, from hefty prison sentences to costly fines and long-term supervision. A felony charge can hurt your chances at getting a job, establishing credit and, if serious enough, cost you several years of your freedom. In Virginia, felony records are rarely expunged. The Commonwealth categorizes felonies into six classes, with Class 1 crimes carrying the strictest penalties, which include the death penalty, life imprisonment and fines up to $100,000. Our criminal defense lawyers work hard to shield clients in the Spotsylvania and Fredericksburg areas from the irreparable damage of the conviction of a felony, including grand theft, manslaughter, assault, battery, drug trafficking, kidnapping and robbery.

We defend misdemeanors, with an emphasis on DUI and reckless driving

A misdemeanor conviction can land you in a county or city jail for up to a year. Our criminal defense attorneys handle the full range of misdemeanor cases, including DUI, reckless driving, drug possession, underage drinking and theft. The classes of misdemeanors in Virginia include:

  • Class 1: Punishable by up to 12 months in jail and $25,000 in fines. Class 1 misdemeanors include assault and battery, petty larceny, stalking, driving under the influence, domestic assault, aggressive driving, driving with a suspended license and reckless driving.
  • Class 2: Punishable by up to six months in and $1,000 in fines. Class 2 misdemeanors include aggressive driving, fraudulent advertising and possession of a Schedule IV drug.
  • Class 3: Punishable by up to $500 in fines with no jail time. Class 3 misdemeanors include a variety of property destruction crimes and possession of a Schedule V drug.
  • Class 4: Punishable by up to $250 in fines with no jail time. Class 4 misdemeanors include possession of a Schedule VI drug and being drunk in public.

Call our Spotsylvania attorneys today for a defense against criminal charges

The criminal defense attorneys at Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC fight hard for your freedom. Call (540) 582-5300 to set a consultation, or contact us online for appointment scheduling. We’re in the Spotswood Inn, an easy walk to the courthouse. We serve clients in and around Fredericksburg, Thornburg, Spotsylvania, Corbin, Woodford, Hartwood, Partlow, Richardsville, Locust Grove, Brooke, Ladysmith, Stafford, Lignum, Goldvein, Rappahannock Academy, Garrisonville, Sumerduck, Caroline County, Fauquier County, Hanover County, King George County, Orange County, Spotsylvania County and Stafford County.