Felonies & Misdemeanors
Being charged with a crime is a serious matter. We understand the anxiety and concern that a criminal charge can cause. If you have been charged, arrested or indicted for a criminal offense, your freedoms and reputation are at risk. You could face jail time, probation, fines and various other implications.
If you are facing a criminal charge, choosing an attorney that you trust is one of the most important decisions you will make. Any criminal record can impact your life, which is why our defense lawyers work hard on every case. At Bugg Law Firm, PLLC, our attorneys are not only experienced, diligent and knowledgeable, but more importantly, we genuinely care about you and your case. Our attorneys take personal care with each of our clients to ensure open and upfront communication. Every case is different and we work hard to serve you based on your individual and unique needs. We have what it takes to put your concerns to rest and promise to give your case the special time and attention that is needed to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome.
Our attorneys are well respected by judges, prosecutors, attorneys and probation officers. They maintain a good reputation for having the tenacity, legal expertise and court room deliberation skills necessary to achieve positive results. Our defense lawyers start working on your criminal case immediately, the same day you retain us. By the time you are charged, the prosecution has already been working hard on your case, which is why you need aggressive criminal lawyers to defend your rights and work towards your defense immediately and before the case reaches the courtroom. Our attorneys use their extensive trial experience to protect your rights and defend your interests. It is imperative that your attorney begin working on your case immediately to conduct an investigation, preserve evidence and record witness accounts.
Our attorneys are experience in defending clients against all types of criminal cases, including:
If you have been arrested for involvement in an altercation, fight or other circumstance that resulting in someone being injured or killed, you have likely been charged with a violent criminal offense. The offense can be charged a number of ways, depending on the particular facts and circumstances surrounding the incident. These offenses are very serious, as even the least serious crimes are punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine. As the severity of the offense increases, the amount of jail time also increases.
If you have been accused of a violent crime, we can help. It is important that you consult an experienced attorney immediately. Our attorneys use their extensive trial experience to protect your rights and defend your interests. It is imperative that your attorney begin working on your case immediately to conduct an investigation, preserve evidence and record witness accounts.
Examples of violent crimes include:
- Capital Murder (death penalty cases)
- Murder (homicide)
- Voluntary Manslaughter/Involuntary Manslaughter
- Malicious Wounding
- Unlawful Wounding
- Assault & Battery
- Disorderly Conduct
- Weapons crimes
- Felon in Possession of a Firearm
- Domestic Violence
Sex offenses carry the potential for extremely harsh penalties, including mandatory minimum sentences and a lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender, in addition to carrying the social stigma that people naturally affiliate with these offenses. We have a record of success defending clients accused of sex offenses. If you are accused of committing a sex offense, it is important to seek the counsel of our criminal defense attorneys immediately to begin working on your case.
Examples of sex offenses include:
- Aggravated Sexual Battery
- Indecent Liberties with a Minor
- Computer Solicitation of a Minor
- Possession of Child Pornography
Drug offenses can be very serious and can have life-altering effects. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to be found with drugs on your person in order to be charged with drug possession. You can be charged even if you simply had knowledge that the drugs were nearby. If you sell, give or possess drugs with the intent to distribute them, you may face distribution or trafficking charges. If you possess or produce certain plants or other naturally-occurring elements, or utilize certain chemicals or other materials to make illegal drugs, you may be facing drug cultivation or drug manufacturing charges.
Every case is different. The seriousness of the case and strategy developed to defend someone against a drug charge depends largely on the type of drug found, the amount involved and the circumstances surrounding the arrest. If you have been charged with a drug offense, it is important that you consult an experienced attorney. Our attorneys have successfully defended hundreds of drug offenses and can work with you to develop a successful defense strategy unique to your individual case needs.
Examples of drug offenses include:
- Simple Possession
- Possession with the Intent to Distribute
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
White Collar Offenses:
A white collar crime is one that is typically perpetrated by individuals with access to privileged information, or individuals who are able to convince their victims to provide them with the personal information needed to steal their identities, money and property. Because white collar crimes often involve intense paper trails, if you are accused of committing any white collar crime, it is important to seek the counsel of our criminal defense attorneys, so that they may begin working with you on your case immediately.
Examples of white collar crimes include:
- Credit Card Fraud and Theft
- Wire Fraud
- Bank Fraud
- Identity theft
- Worthless Checks
Property & Theft Offenses:
Crimes against property involve interference with someone’s right of ownership in personal or real property. Crimes against property include taking property that does not belong to you or damaging property that belongs to someone else. These offenses may be charged as felonies or misdemeanors. Theses offenses range from violent offenses, such as robbery, to non-violent offenses, such as concealment. Even non-violent offenses can result in harsh sentences that include jail time. Whatever the charge, these offenses are serious and anyone facing one of these charges should contact our experienced defense attorneys immediately.
Examples of theft crimes include:
- Car Jacking
- Grand Larceny
- Petit Larceny
- Receiving Stolen Property
- Destruction of Property
Although juveniles may face charges and punishments for the same actions as adults, under the law, these punishments may be modified when someone is younger than 18 and considered a minor. Many factors are taken into consideration when reviewing these cases: the severity of the crime; the defendant’s attitude and age; any past criminal records; and evidence against the defendant.
In Virginia, any juvenile felony conviction will remain on the person’s criminal record for the rest of their lives. Juvenile misdemeanor convictions are dropped either when the person turns 19 or five years after the offense is committed, whichever is later. Traffic offenses committed as a juvenile can remain on a person’s driving record until they are 29.
The repercussions of a conviction can be severe. If convicted of a crime, a judge can order the juvenile to complete juvenile probation, various residential treatment programs or to serve up to 30 days in the local juvenile detention center. If the juvenile is convicted of a felony or multiple misdemeanor convictions, a judge can commit the juvenile to the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice for up to three years. Additionally, juveniles charged with a serious felony may be tried as an adult and risk the imposition of a lengthy sentence to be served in the adult prison system.
Our attorneys are experienced in handling juvenile matters. We will work closely with the juvenile offender and their family to develop a successful defense strategy unique to the juvenile’s individual case needs.
A criminal record can have a damaging effect on your ability to find or keep a job, obtain or retain a security clearance, apply for and be accepted for a loan, enroll in school or apply for citizenship, among various other implications. In Virginia, charges that were dismissed can potentially be expunged, or removed, from your record forever. If you are concerned about your criminal record, one of our experienced attorneys can help you determine if you are eligible for an expungement.
If you have been charged with a criminal offense or wish to have your case evaluated for an expungment, the attorneys at Bugg Law Firm, PLLC will provide a free, confidential evaluation of your case. Please call (703) 552-2462 to schedule an appointment today.